merican microblogging and social networking service based in San Francisco, California has opened its first office in Africa, it’s headquarters on the African continent, shunning Nigeria.
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports Twitter announced opening its first office on the African continent on Monday, after laying the foundation through partnerships with a Nigerian firm and three others in Kenya and Ghana.
In a statement by Kayvon Beykpour, Product Lead, Twitter and Co-Founder, Periscope, a e Uche Adegbite, Director, Product Management, Global Markets, Twitter announced Ghana as it’s headquarters for Africa operations, while also giving reasons for the choice of Ghana.
“Today, in line with our growth strategy, we’re excited to announce that we are now actively building a team in Ghana. As a champion for democracy, Ghana is a supporter of free speech, online freedom, and the Open Internet, of which Twitter is also an advocate.
“Furthermore, Ghana’s recent appointment to host The Secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area aligns with our overarching goal to establish a presence in the region that will support our efforts to improve and tailor our service across Africa.
“Whenever we enter new markets, we work hard to ensure that we are not just investing in the talent that we hire, but also investing in local communities and the social fabric that supports them.
“We have already laid foundations through partnerships with Amref Health Africa in Kenya, Afrochella in Ghana, Mentally Aware Nigeria Initiative (MANI) in Nigeria, and The HackLab Foundation in Ghana.
“As part of our long-term commitment to the region, we’ll continue to explore compelling ways we can use the positive power of Twitter to strengthen our communities through employee engagement, platform activation, and corporate giving.
“We still have much to learn but we are excited to listen, learn, and engage. Public conversation is essential to solving problems, building shared ideas, and pushing us all forward together. We can’t wait for the next step on that journey,” Twitter stated.
Meanwhile, Ghana’s president, Nana Akufo-Addo has expressed excitement over the choice of Ghana as Twitter’s HQ on the African continent.
Quoting a tweet shared by Jack Dorsey, Twitter founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Akufo-Addo tweeted: “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.
“As I indicated to @Jack in our virtual meeting of 7th April 2021, this is the start of a beautiful partnership between Twitter and Ghana, which is critical for the dev’t of Ghana’s hugely important tech sector.
“These are exciting times to be in, and to do business in Ghana”.