International social media platform; Twitter has announced the opening of its Twitter Headquarters in Africa and they have chosen Ghana as the best country.
Jack Dorsey; Twitter CEO, made the announcement in a tweet on Monday afternoon, April 12.
“Twitter is now present on the continent. Thank you Ghana and Nana Akufo-Addo”.
🇬🇭 Twitter is now present on the continent.
— jack (@jack) April 12, 2021
President Nana Akufo- Addo in his response, welcomed the news and revealed that he held a virtual meeting with Jack on April 7,
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. 1#TwitterInGhana
“As I indicated to @Jack in our virtual meeting of 7th April 2021, 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. #TwitterInGhana#TwitterGhana
These are exciting times to be in, and to do business in the country”.
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. 1/3 #TwitterInGhana #TwitterGhana https://t.co/HdCqFgXK0x
— Nana Akufo-Addo (@NAkufoAddo) April 12, 2021
The announcement has since generated reactions from some Nigerians on Twitter, as they have taken to the bluebird app to express their displeasure and different opinions, related the choice of Ghana instead of Nigeria.
While some blamed the choice on policies said to negatively affect the ease of doing business in Nigeria, others claimed the government’s clampdown on protesters during the #EndSARS protests contributed to Twitter’s decision to choose Ghana.
In a statement, Twitter gave its reasons why it chose Ghana to host Africa’s Head Quarters.
“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.”
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However, Nigerians have taken to Twitter to express their views over the news.
While some were pleased with the new development, others mocked the Nigerian government after Twitter hailed Ghana for being a “supporter of free speech, online freedom, and the Open Internet,” while explaining why Ghana was picked as its African headquarters.
It’s a win for all the African.
Below are reactions from Twitter to the announcement:
This is what happens when a country has a President, instead of a UK resident.
— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) April 12, 2021
This can never happen in a country where the President prevents citizens from his tweets.
— Adeleye Damilare (@AdeleyeDamila17) April 12, 2021
Wow, what a milestone, congratulations Ghanaians, you get president. Na ponmo traveller we get for naija as president.
— Orji sylvan ogbonna (@OgbonnaSylvan) April 12, 2021
If nigeria represents a set of teeth in the mouth, buhari and his extremists fulanis represent the rotten tooth. How do you ever want the mouth to have peace. The damage buhari did and is doing to this country may consume this country.
— obinna Agbo. (@drxley) April 12, 2021
We say Congratulations to Ghana.
Do you agree with Twitter’s decision or you would rather see another African country chosen?