Ghana Announced As Twitter Africa Headquarters

Cites Ghana’s impressive record with Democracy, support for free speech, online freedom, and the open internet as reasons behind selection.

Ghana is set to Become Twitter Headquarters of Africa.

jack on Twitter: “🇬🇭 Twitter is now present on the continent. Thank you Ghana and @NAkufoAddo. #TwitterGhana https://t.co/tt7KR3kvDg / Twitter”

🇬🇭 Twitter is now present on the continent. Thank you Ghana and @NAkufoAddo. #TwitterGhana https://t.co/tt7KR3kvDg

Kayvon Beykpour, head of consumer product at Twitter announced in a Twitter blog post on Monday, April 12 that Twitter is set to officially establish it’s presence in Africa and Ghana has been chosen as the promise land.

The Stanford University graduate said in his post that in line with Twitter’s mission, it is essential to ensure that people feel comfortable engaging in public conversation, and to achieve this, Twitter must become more immersed in the rich and vibrant communities that drive the conversations taking place every day across the African continent.

According to the post, Ghana’s impressive record with Democracy, support for free speech, online freedom, and the open internet which Twitter is an advocate for, combined with their recent appointment to host The Secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area were major reasons behind the selection.

He also revealed that there’s an ongoing recruitment for specialists to join several teams including product, design, engineering, marketing and communications.

Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, Ghanaians all over Twitter including President Nana Akufo-Addo have taken to Twitter to express their delight over the announcement.

Nana Akufo-Addo on Twitter: “The choice of Ghana as HQ for Twitter’s Africa operations is EXCELLENT news. Gov’t and Ghanaians welcome very much this announcement and the confidence reposed in our country. 1/3 #TwitterInGhana #TwitterGhana https://t.co/HdCqFgXK0x / Twitter”

The choice of Ghana as HQ for Twitter’s Africa operations is EXCELLENT news. Gov’t and Ghanaians welcome very much this announcement and the confidence reposed in our country. 1/3 #TwitterInGhana #TwitterGhana https://t.co/HdCqFgXK0x

However, many Nigerians have expressed disappointment over the news, alleging that although the country has the largest number of active social media users, government’s anti-business policies hae robbed the country of such a huge opportunity.  

Honourable Oke Umurhohwo on Twitter: “Another Big L for Nigeria who despite having the biggest active social media users, we got over looked for Ghana. This is obviously because of the anti-business policies of APC and Buhari. Shameful / Twitter”

Another Big L for Nigeria who despite having the biggest active social media users, we got over looked for Ghana. This is obviously because of the anti-business policies of APC and Buhari. Shameful

You can see Kayvon Beykpour’s full post here.

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