Facebook’s Chief Product Officer, Chris Cox Visits Ghana & Interacts With Tech-Entrepreneurs.

After speaking at Social Media Lagos, Facebook's CPO Chris Cox visited Accra for a one-day familiarization tour, met up and listened to tech-entrepreneurs from MEST.

After speaking at Social Media Lagos, Facebook’s CPO Chris Cox visited Accra for a one-day familiarization tour, met up and listened to tech-entrepreneurs from MEST.

Facebook’s Chief Product Officer – Chris Cox was in Accra, Ghana for a one-day familiarization tour of the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) and also took the opportunity to meet up with Ghanaian tech-entrepreneurs and key players within the technology ecosystem.

Mr. Cox was first in Nigeria to speak at the on-going Social Media Week Lagos on “The Future of Media“. While in Lagos, he took the opportunity to meet with content creators and entrepreneurs.

Next stop – Accra, Ghana.

Chris Cox speaking to MEST Entrepreneurs in Accra, Ghana. Credit: Edem Ayikoe / GRAHL Photography

The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) hosted Chris and his team from Facebook to a full day of speaking, Demo Day, interacting and learning more about how MEST’s Entrepreneurs-in-Training were working to build sustainable technology businesses.

The MEST Training Program and the MEST Incubator program provide training, investment and mentoring for aspiring technology entrepreneurs with the goal of creating globally successful companies that create wealth and jobs locally in Africa.

Each year top graduates from Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa are selected to receive comprehensive training across the spectrum of skills required to build successful tech businesses, including computer programming, software development, and product management.

“Africa is at the forefront of mobile technology and ranks among the fastest-growing regions in the world. The level of energy I have seen in Ghana is amazing and inspiring. I’m excited to learn from innovators here who are creating culture using technology in new ways.” said Chris.

In expressing his excitement at hosting the Facebook CPO, Jorn Lyseggen – CEO of Meltwater and Founder of MEST, acknowledged:

We’re excited to host Facebook at MEST and to share how we can work together to drive innovation in Africa. Mobile technology is giving people in Africa new opportunities to become entrepreneurs and content creators – and we were proud to show the Facebook team how young companies and entrepreneurs on our programme are making a difference.

Cox later attended an event at the ANO Gallery where he was part of a panel discussion with art, music, food and fashion design entrepreneurs, discussing how they use the Facebook and Instagram to tell powerful and engaging stories to audiences in Ghana and beyond.

This event included performances from Highlife and Afrobeat Legend Ebo Taylor and M.anifest, arguably Ghana’s Best Rapper and a few others. Below are photos from Mr. Cox’s visit to MEST and Accra in general.

Chris Cox interacting with Jorn Lyseggen (back to camera). Credit: Edem Ayikoe / GRAHL Photography

 

Cox been interviewed while Ime Archibong (Dir. of Partnerships, Facebook) looks on.

 

Chris Cox and Facebook at the Meltwater Incubator. Credit: Edem Ayikoe / GRAHL Photography

 

Chris Cox and Jorn Lyseggen on the famous canopy bridge that connects MEST and the MEST Incubator. Credit: Edem Ayikoe / GRAHL Photography

 

Chris Cox in a group photo with the Business and Content Creators in Accra.

 

Highlife and Afrobeats Legend – Ebo Taylor performing during the panel session at ANO Gallery. Credit: Edem Ayikoe / GRAHL Photography

 

M.anifest performing at ANO Gallery. Credit: Edem Ayikoe / GRAHL Photography

 

Creative Arts panel sharing thoughts on Facebook and social media at ANO Gallery. Credit: Edem Ayikoe / GRAHL Photography

 

M.anifest performing at ANO Gallery. Credit: Edem Ayikoe / GRAHL Photography

 

Photo CreditEdem Ayikoe / GRAHL Photography

 

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Award winning Ghanaian Technology and Startup Enthusiast. Passionate about the inter-correlation of technology, entrepreneurship and innovation within the African tech ecosystem. Tweet: @MacJordan Got news, products or services to promote on the blog, reach out via hello[at]macjordangh[dot]com or (+233) 544335582
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Award winning Ghanaian Technology and Startup Enthusiast. Passionate about the inter-correlation of technology, entrepreneurship and innovation within the African tech ecosystem. Tweet: @MacJordan Got news, products or services to promote on the blog, reach out via hello[at]macjordangh[dot]com or (+233) 544335582

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