Twitter has announced that it is now actively building a team in Ghana to serve as headquarters to the Africa continent. In a statement, CEO, Jack Dorsey said that Twitter is establishing its presence in line with its growth strategy “to be more immersed in the rich and vibrant communities that drive the conversations taking place every day across the continent.”
Twitter said that it chose Ghana because the country is a champion for democracy, a supporter of free speech, online freedom, and the Open Internet, of which Twitter is also an advocate. It further stated that Ghana’s recent appointment to host The Secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area aligns with Twitter’s overarching goal to establish a presence in the region that will support the efforts to improve and tailor its service across Africa.
While welcoming the move, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the President of the Republic of Ghana revealed in a tweet that he held a virtual meeting with Jack on April 7, 2021, and said that the beautiful partnership between Twitter and Ghana is critical for the development of the country, hugely important in the 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,” said President Nana Akufo-Addo.
Twitter is now looking for specialists to join several teams including product, design, engineering, marketing, and communications noting that full details on current job openings can be found on the Twitter Careers site. These new individuals that will be taken onboard will however fill these roles remotely as Twitter makes plans to establish an office in the country in the near future.
“Whenever we enter new markets, we work hard to ensure that we are not just investing in the talent that we hire, but also investing in local communities and the social fabric that supports them. We have already laid foundations through partnerships with Amref Health Africa in Kenya, Afrochella and The HackLab Foundation in Ghana, and Mentally Aware Nigeria Initiative (MANI) in Nigeria,” said Uche Adegbite, Twitter’s Director, Product Management, Global Markets.
She reiterated Twitter’s long-term commitment to the region, saying they will continue to explore compelling ways to positively power the company to strengthen its communities through employee engagement, platform activation, and corporate giving.