Twitter Opens Its African Headquarters In Ghana

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, by a tweet, announced that the organization would be setting up a presence in Africa. “Twitter is now present on the continent. Thank you, Ghana and Nana Akufo-Addo,” he said.

In a statement, Twitter says it is now actively organizing a team in Ghana “to be extra immersed in the prosperous and vibrant communities that promote the conversations taking place each and every day throughout the continent.”

Twitter indicated numerous roles, from product and engineering to design, marketing, and communications, for job openings in the company. However, people will fill these roles remotely as Twitter makes plans to set up an office in the nation later.

“The preference of Ghana as HQ for Twitter’s Africa operations is remarkable news. Government and Ghanaians welcome very much this announcement and the confidence reposed in our country,” stated Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo.

He additionally revealed that he held a virtual meeting with Dorsey on the 7th of April, where the two parties would possibly have finalized the deal.

“As I indicated to Jack in our virtual meeting on 7th April 2021, this is the beginning of a lovely partnership between Twitter and Ghana, which is integral for the development of Ghana’s massively vital tech sector. These are exciting times to be in and to do business in Ghana,” he added.

According to Twitter, the choice to kick off its African expansion with Ghana stems from the country’s dealings with AfCFTA and its openness towards the internet.

“As a champion for democracy, Ghana is a supporter of free speech, online freedom, and the Open Internet, of which Twitter is additionally an advocate. Furthermore, Ghana’s latest appointment to host The Secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area aligns with our overarching aim to set up a presence in the region that will aid our efforts to enhance and tailor our service throughout Africa,” the announcement read.

The information comes nearly 18 months after Dorsey’s visit with his Twitter team to Africa for the first time in November 2019. During his tour on the continent, he visited Ghana, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and South Africa, where he met with different industry leaders and tech stakeholders on matters regarding Twitter and bitcoin.

Dorsey cited that he would return to the continent to live for six months in mid-2020, however, the pandemic made sure that plan was soiled. Since then, not much was communicated by way of Dorsey or the Twitter crew about the visit, although in September, the organization subsequently made some mental health and cultural partnerships with local communities throughout the nations — Afrochella and The HackLab Foundation in Ghana, Amref Health Africa in Kenya and Mentally Aware Nigeria Initiative (MANI) in Nigeria.

In October 2020, the Twitter CEO showed solidarity in the protests towards police brutality that rocked Nigeria and supported bitcoin usage all through the demonstrations. For months, it appeared Dorsey was solely worried about bitcoin activities on the continent. However, today’s information places things into perspective and indicates connecting Twitter and the continent was at the back of his mind all along.

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