Facebook eyes more Nigerian languages

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg

By FLORENCE ONUEGBU

The Facebook Founder, Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday in Lagos said the social media application was planning to support more Nigerian languages on the platform.

On his Facebook page, Zuckerberg said that presently, the social media application allowed the use of Hausa language.

“I am glad we support Hausa and we are planning on supporting a lot more languages soon,’’’ he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Facebook Founder is currently in Lagos to meet with applications developers and entrepreneurs and to learn more about Nigeria’s Start-up ecosystem.

NAN also reports that his first stop is the Co-creation Hub Nigeria (CcHUB) in Yaba, a social innovation centre dedicated to accelerating the application of social capital and technology for economic prosperity.

According to him, there are so many talented developers and entrepreneurs in Nigeria with whom he was excited to interact.

“Thanks for such a warm welcome; there are so many talented people here and I am excited to get a chance to meet some of them.

“This is my first trip to sub-Saharan Africa. I will be meeting with developers and entrepreneurs and learning about the start-up ecosystem in Nigeria.

“The energy here is amazing and I am excited to learn as much as I can,’’ he said.

Zuckerberg also said that he was able to talk with kids at a summer coding camp and entrepreneurs who come to the CcHUB Nigeria to build and launch their apps.

He said that he was looking forward to an exciting meeting with more of the developers and entrepreneurs on Wednesday.


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