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Twitter to establish its Africa HQ in Ghana, social media reacts

American microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, as part of plans to establish its presence in Africa is set to establish its Headquarters for the African community in Ghana.

Taking to his page to break the news of the new development in the Ghanaian tech and social media space, the CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey shared an article accompanied with a caption, saying “Twitter is now present on the continent. Thank you Ghana @NAkufoAddo. #TwitterGhana.”

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As part of Twitter’s official statement with regards to why they chose Ghana over Nigeria and South Africa who are equally active participants in the African Twitter community, the company said, “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.”

READ THE COMPANY FULL STATEMENT BELOW;

Twitter’s mission is to serve the public conversation, and it’s essential, for the world and for Twitter, to increase the number of people who feel comfortable participating in it. To do this, we need to make it easier for everyone to join in and provide more relevant experiences for people across the world.

Today, in line with our growth strategy, we’re excited to announce that we are now actively building a team in Ghana. To truly serve the public conversation, we must be more immersed in the rich and vibrant communities that drive the conversations taking place every day across the African continent. 

We are looking for specialists to join several teams including product, design, engineering, marketing and communications. Full details on current job openings can be found on the Twitter Careers site. Aligned with our existing WFH policies, we look forward to welcoming and onboarding our new team members remotely so that we can make an immediate impact while we explore the opportunity to open an office in Ghana in the future. 

Why 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.

Reacting to the announcement, President Akufo-Addo said Twitter’s decision to establish its head office for the African community in Ghana is “EXCELLENT NEWS.” He shared in the excitement of Ghanaians noting that “Gov’t and Ghanaians welcome very much this announcement and the confidence reposed in our country.”

Meanwhile, several Ghanaians have taken to their various pages to express their delight in the enormous feat Ghana has attained.

Twitter’s new establishment in Ghana means job opportunities for tech-inclined Ghanaians thus our engineers, marketers, and communicators.

Check out below some tweets from Ghanaian tweeps.

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Kwesi Appiah

Appiah Kwesi Anokye Dennis Jnr, professionally known as Kwesi Appiah is a Ghanaian celebrity blogger and writer.

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