Facebook released a press release announcing that their Chief Product Officer, Chris Cox, would be visiting Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal this week to explore opportunities for the American social media giant.
On Wednesday, Cox visited the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) in Accra, Ghana and met with Ghanaian entrepreneurs to see how they work to build sustainable technology businesses. Later in the day, he witnessed the force of Ghana’s creative talent in an event at ANO Gallery, which was co-hosted by ANO Gallery and Bless the Mic.
“With Facebook and its family of apps, we aim to give people around the world the ability to connect with each other, grow their businesses and tell their own stories. I am excited to see how Ghana’s entrepreneurs are using mobile, video and other technologies to build products and services that empower the community and that address local needs or solve local problems in innovative ways,” Cox said.
In Nigeria, Cox will be speaking at the about the future of media as well as meeting Nigerian entrepreneurs and content creators there.
Ghana, along with Nigeria, Kenya and Ivory Coast have for a few years now been considered the , so it makes sense why the Facebook executive would want to explore opportunities for growth in Ghana.
Senegal, even though not one of the KINGS, has been in the news the past couple of months for some interesting initiatives. The Francophone (and maybe that’s why we don’t hear much about it coz we spend time on the English web) country is building a US $120million “Diamniadio Technology Park”, funded by the government and the African Development Bank (AfDB).