Twitter announced on Monday, 12th April, the recruitment of an eleven-member team in Ghana, thereby making the West African country its headquarters for the African continent.
In an official statement released by the company, it said:
“Today, in line with our growth strategy, we are pleased to announce that we are building a team in Ghana,”
“We need to further immerse ourselves in the rich and vibrant communities that set the tone in day-to-day discussions across the African continent,”
The official handle of Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo also tweeted:
“The choice of Ghana as the headquarters for Twitter’s operations in Africa is GREAT news,”
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, mostly referred to as “Jack” by online users, tweeted from his account:
Twitter further announced that its new team would start by working remotely, while exploring “the possibility of opening an office in Ghana in the future.”
REACTIONS TO TWITTER’S MOVE TO GHANA
The decision of Twitter to establish their Africa Headquarters in Ghana, and its subsequent announcement, made serious waves across its digital platform, as well as eliciting various reactions across board.
The people of Ghana, especially their President Nana Akufo Addo, expressed elation and excitement as they welcomed the opportunity of “a beautiful partnership” with an organization of such stature.
The decision was however met with some contempt especially among Nigerian Twitter users, also known as “Twitter NG”. Some Nigerian users opined that Nigeria was unnecessarily sidelined as the nation is considered Africa’s heartbeat and therefore, should host the Africa Headquarters.
This opinion was especially fueled by the fact that many Nigerians had become particularly endeared to Twitter founder Jack Dorsey after his contribution to the online “#ENDSARS” movement, and so the decision to “choose Ghana over Nigeria” as a regional Headquarters seemed to be a shock.
The company however explained that its choice of Ghana was as a result of the freedom of expression and internet access offered by the country, as well as the recent attribution to its capital, Accra, of the secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area.
The decision did not sit right with a good number of Nigerian Twitter users especially as Nigeria had lost the opportunity to host a Google office, among others. It would, unfortunately, seem that there is no effect of this displeasure on the operations of Twitter.
Nigerians can take solace in the fact that Facebook already has one of its African offices in Lagos, Nigeria.
By Oluwamayowa Akinyemi
Oluwamayowa Akinyemi is a digital and web content developer with experience in web content development and management as well as research and writing. He is an avid reader of random subject matters and a sucker for movies and video games. He is also passionate about youth empowerment and is a global affairs analyst and enthusiast.