Mark Zuckerberg’s bout of fresh air
Yes, the world’s fifth richest man was in Nigeria! He is the 32 year old founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg.
It was easy to tell how infectious his presence was. The girls ogled, the guys imagined, young techy Nigerians went gaga, Nollywood smiled broadly much more than you can see them in their videos, and government officials went missing until a second visit to smile away the tension.
The social media was in frenzy about his simplicity, never mind the sweat shirt, jeans and sneakers, there could possible cost a fortune, his broad and easy smile, and oh yes, his verdict on Nigeria’s jollof being ummmmm!
It was not just because he is the founder of Facebook and fully loaded, it is in the fact they were no muscular, dark goggled, suit wearing security guys around him; Mark was just about the guy-next-door, no airs, and ever smiling.
His presence just gave hope and some dose of inspiration to thousands of struggling tech-savvy Nigerians that they can reach the stars.
The visit was also another opportunity for debates on almost every topic; language on facebook, Hausa why not Yoruba and Igbo, young versus old, insensitivity of government.
Faced with a deluge of criticisms, the federal government pulled the stops to ensure he returned to Nigeria after having left Lagos for Nairobi, Kenya.
And it was a sight to see President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and most of his cabinet in full swing and laughing with such hilarity you will never imagine that there is recession.
Mark, thanks for showing up and bringing some sprite to the recession-dour environment.