Updated: Apr 19
Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO
Twitter has announced it is setting up its first African office and the host country is Ghana. The CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, made the announcement on Twitter, thanking the president of the African country personally; “Twitter is now present on the continent. Thank you, Ghana and Nana Akufo-Addo”
Twitter latter revealed in an official release that it was already setting up a team in Ghana. The job of the team is to get involved in the communities that make conversations happen in the continent. That led to the announcement of vacancies for multiple roles, including marketing, engineering and communications. The positions will be remote until the physical office is ready.
The president of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, shared his thoughts on Twitter’s choice of location; “The choice of Ghana as HQ for Twitter’s Africa operations is excellent news. Government and Ghanaians welcome very much this announcement and the confidence reposed in our country.”
The president indicated there had been one-on-one interaction between him the CEO, albeit virtual, and pointed out it was the beginning of a beautiful partnership.
Twitter said it went for Ghana for several reasons, which include its human rights record and the fact that the country is already hosting other international bodies; “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.”
Dorsey has always been interested in Africa. He took a much publicized tour of the continent in 2019, stopping over in Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia and South Africa. He expressed his desire to take a working break in Africa for 6 months but it seems the pandemic scuttled his plans.
Twitter joins a growing list of tech powerhouses with offices all over the continent. Facebook, Microsoft, Google each has a presence.
There is going to be no shortage of talent for Twitter to recruit from as many tech startups are currently operating in the major cities of the continent, with some having hubs reminiscent of the famed Silicon Valley in the US.