Popular social media company Twitter announced on Monday, April 12, that it would be opening its first Africa office in Ghana. The company has joined Facebook and other tech giants moving into Africa.
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Tech giant Apple announced plans to open its headquarters and first official store in Africa. It will be in Egypt.
Twitter's Africa headquarters will be sited in Ghana. The company announced it would recruit 11 people in the West African country.
The tech giant opened offices in South Africa in 2015.
Google's first African Artificial Intelligence lab was opened in Ghana in 2019.
Facebook opened its African headquarters in South Africa in 2015.
The company's first Africa software engineering office will be opened in Nigeria in 2021. According to Facebook, the office will be home to several teams across its business including sales, partnerships, policy and communications.
Microsoft opened its first Africa data centres (Africa Development Centre) in Kenya and Nigeria in 2019.
There were mixed reactions as Twitter announced preparation to open its African headquarters in Ghana. A blog post on Twitter's official website was attached to Dorsey's tweet giving further details.
"Today, in line with our growth strategy, we’re excited to announce that we are now actively building a team in Ghana. 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 post read.
The post further explained Twitter's choice of Ghana as the Africa headquarters, saying:
"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."
Many tweeps flooded the comment section of @AfricaFactsZone to share their thoughts.
"They will turn this post into a fight! Especially Nigerians, Ghanaians and South Africans! You won’t see Egyptians coming to fight!"
"Nigeria should be home to all these companies as the giant of Africa."
"Is Twitter in their right senses? Why Ghana? How many Twitter users are in Ghana?"
"Who convinced Facebook to build it in Nigeria, because they might regret it later."
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