SOCIAL media giant Twitter announced today that it is officially entering the African tech space and Accra will be its headquarters.
For the Silicon Valley based company, Ghana was chosen ahead of other countries because it is seen: “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.”
“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,” Twitter said.
“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.”
Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo hailed this move by saying: “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.”
Nana Addo added that: “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.”
However, this exciting news seem to have caught the ire of some Nigerians who think the headquarters should be based in their country.
Citing their population advantage and their thriving tech industry, it shouldn’t have been a difficult decision in choosing Lagos or Abuja as the headquarters. – Pulse ■