Mark Zuckerberg is the billionaire founder of Facebook. But you probably already knew that.

What you may not know is that when he visited Kenya on the first of September, he could not help himself but try the very popular tuo-zaafi. This is how it happened.

Mark Zuckerberg eats Tuo Zaafi (Ugali)

The Kenyan Cabinet Secretary of Information, and Communications, Joseph Mucheru hosted Mark at a popular restaurant in Kenya, Mama Oliech. They talked about technology, internet access, and most importantly, sampled dishes of ugali and fried fish. Ugali is a staple Kenyan starch. It is made from maize flour, sometimes mixed with some cassava flour, and cooked in boiling liquid to a dough-like consistency. Now if you’re familiar with Ghanaian culinary arts, you’ll know that is the exact method of preparing tuo-zaafi.

Mark Zuckerberg eats Tuo Zaafi (Ugali) 2

Buroni a oredi tup-zaafi, na wafeeli sei.

It would appear though, that Kenyans eat their ugali more like we do banku in Ghana, as evidenced by Mark and his new friends pairing their tuo-zaafi with tilapia. The traditional method of eating ugali (and the most common in the rural areas) is to roll a lump into a ball with the right hand, and then dip it into a sauce or stew of vegetables and/or meat, for example sukuma wiki, which are collard greens. Good to see Mark getting his hands dirty, so to speak, and doing it the traditional way instead of attempting to use fork and knife, as some are wont.


Of course this is not all Mark Zuckerberg came to do in Africa. He first dropped in Lagos, Nigeria where he interacted with budding entrepreneurs at  the Co-creation Hub Nigeria (CcHUB) in Yaba.

Co-creation Hub Nigeria (CcHUB) in Yaba

He also visited tech startups like Andela, which he has invested in. Andela is a tech company that recruits excellent programmers from across Africa, trains them into world-class developers, and places them on the teams of successful startups across the world.

It was not all work in Naija though. Mark Zuckerberg “visited Nollywood, crashed a hip hop music video, and met some of Nigeria’s biggest stars.”

Mark crashes party

In the picture you can spot comedian Basketmouth in the left corner, actor Richard Mofe Damijo on the right, and singer Chidinma Ekile in sunglasses down there. He really did roll with the stars.

During his Kenya visit, he first dropped by iHub, which is a collaborative tech working and innovating space. Of course Mark Zuckerberg had to experience for himself the beautiful wildlife of Kenya, and he did just that. He was particularly moved by the baby giraffes (which cannot be found in Ghana, sadly).

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Mark Zuckerberg Safari ride Africa

I hope Mark comes to Ghana soon, Kumasi to be specific, so that he can try for himself our famous fufu. He might never want to leave.

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