On Monday, 12th of April, 2021; Twitter tweet about their recent progress about having an office in Ghana.
Jack Dorsey CEO of Twitter made this known on Monday.
🇬🇭 Twitter is now present on the continent.
— jack (@jack) April 12, 2021
Twitter said the main reason of opening an office in Ghana is mainly based on some factors. He said the factors were the country’s AfCFTA negotiations, internet access, online and offline free speech policy.
“As a champion for democracy, Ghana happens to be a supporter of free speech, online freedom, and the Open Internet, of which Twitter is also an advocate, “Twitter reveals in a statement’.
In continuation, Ghana’s recent appointment to host The Secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area centres with our overarching goal to establish a presence in the region that will support our efforts to improve and tailor our service across Africa.
Ghana Relationship With Twitter
Ghanaian President Nana Akufo – Addo expressed delight at Twitter’s decision to open its African headquarter in the country.
Look at what Akufo Addo Tweeted
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 Ghanaian President revealed that he met with Dorsey virtually on April 7, where they both reached an agreement on Twitter’s activity in Ghana. Akufo – Addo said the contract “is the start of a beautiful partnership between Twitter and Ghana, which is critical for the development of Ghana’s hugely important tech sector.
‘These are exciting times to be in and to run business in Ghana’.
FACTORS BEHIND TWITTER NOT CHOOSING NIGERIA
Many citizens of Nigeria are very disappointed about Twitter’s choice of having its office in Ghana and not Nigeria where tech space looks ripe for the company’s presence in Africa.
According to global digital insights providers, Datareportal.com said there were 85.49 million internet users in Nigeria in January 202. The number of internet user in Nigeria increased by 2.2million [+2.6%] between 2019 and 2020. Internet penetration in Nigeria stood at 42% in January 2020. But according to this results, Ghana outranked Nigeria with these figures: Internet Users in Ghana at 14.76million. The number of internet users in Ghana increased by 1.0million [+7.5%] between 2019 and 2020. Internet penetration in Ghana stood at 48% in January 2020.
Take A Glance Through What Twitter Users Are Saying
Twitter setting up its African HQ in Ghana is a clear message to the idiots in power in Nigeria.
— Henry Shield (@henryshield) April 13, 2021
Why did Twitter choose Ghana as HQ?
1. Champion for democracy,
2. Supporter of free speech, online freedom, and the Open Internet,
3. Ghana’s hosting The Secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area.
Tweet was signed by a Nigerian working in Twitter
— Kalu Aja (@FinPlanKaluAja1) April 12, 2021
Ghana 🇬🇭 has made a lot of progress in the last decade and there is so much Nigeria 🇳🇬 can learn from them.
First of, peace and stability helps. We need to significantly deal with insecurity in Nigeria.
Then, the constant policy summersault and irrational regulations must end.
— Dr. Dípò Awójídé (@OgbeniDipo) April 12, 2021
“Ghana’s recent appointment to host The Secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area aligns with…efforts to improve and tailor our service across Africa.”
As promised #AfCFTA = Jobs for Ghanaians. More to come! 🇬🇭 https://t.co/tMky8uO2ke
— Alan John Kyerematen (@AlanKyerematen) April 12, 2021
I hope you have created 100 jobs in the last 5 years before saying Twitter going to Ghana 🇬🇭 instead of Nigeria 🇳🇬 is not a big deal. If you haven’t created jobs, please don’t embarrass yourself.
— Dr. Dípò Awójídé (@OgbeniDipo) April 13, 2021