Social Media Giant Twitter Anchors in Africa, Establishes Headquarters in Accra, Ghana

The social media company, Twitter, has announced it will soon set up a physical presence in Africa with Ghana as its headquarters. Making the announcement via a tweet-- @ Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo, on Monday, April 12, 2021, Twitter Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jack Dorsey said: “Twitter is now present on the continent. Thank you, Ghana and Nana Akufo-Addo.”

 

Twitter Headquarters in the United States (C) Flickr

President Akufo-Addo welcomed the announcement put by Twitter’s CEO, recounting an earlier virtual meeting he had had with the company’s leader regarding the initiative. He described the partnership between Twitter and Ghana as beautiful and critical for the development of Ghana’s hugely important tech sector.

“The choice of Ghana as headquarters for Twitter’s Africa operations is excellent news. Government and Ghanaians welcome very much this announcement and the confidence reposed in our country”, the Ghanaian leader added. #TwitterInGhana

 

A related statement posted by Kayvon Beykpour and Uche Adegbite, product lead and director of product management respectively, on the company’s blog says Twitter’s mission is to serve the public conversation, and it is essential for the world and for Twitter to increase the number of people who feel comfortable participating in it.

 

“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”, the statement said.

 

Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo-Addo jumped on the opportunity (C)Yale University

 

The choice of Ghana for Africa’s headquarters, according to the tech company, is based on its position as a champion for democracy and support for free speech.

 

 “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”, the statement reiterated.