Twitter on Monday announced its African presence by setting up a base of operations in Ghana.
The news came as a shock to many Nigerians as the country has 25 million active social media users more than its West African neighbour.
Nigeria has 33M active social media users. Meanwhile, Ghana’s total population is just 31.5M, with 8.2M social media users.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, via a tweet today, announced that the company would be setting up a presence in Africa. “Twitter is now present on the continent. Thank you, Ghana and Nana Akufo-Addo,” he said.
Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, enthused about the news said “the choice of Ghana as HQ for Twitter’s Africa operations is excellent news. Government and Ghanaians welcome very much this announcement and the confidence reposed in our country.”
He also revealed that he held a virtual meeting with Dorsey on the 7th of April, where the two parties might have finalized the deal.
“As I indicated to Jack in our virtual meeting on 7th April 2021, this 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 do business in Ghana,” he added.
According to Twitter, the decision to kick off its African expansion with Ghana stems from the country’s dealings with AfCFTA and its openness towards the internet.