Twitter officially launches its presence in Africa with headquarters in Ghana

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Twitter has taken a bold step as the media giant has officially announced its presence in the African market with the establishment of its headquarters in Ghana.

The announcement was made today, Monday, April 12, 2021, by Twitter’s CEO, Jack Dorsey – who extended his appreciation to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Ghana at large, as the tech giant looks to spread it’s tentacles across Africa.

In confirmation of the “partnership”, President Akufo-Addo took to Twitter to express his overflowing joy and gratitude in what he termed as “excellent news” for Ghana, which is pivotal to the development of the country’s tech sector, despite the ravaging pandemic.

In a statement released via Twitter’s official blog, the tech giant says; “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.

“We are looking for specialists to join several teams including product, design, engineering, marketing and communications. Full details on current job openings can be found on the Twitter Careers site. Aligned with our existing WFH policies, we look forward to welcoming and onboarding our new team members remotely so that we can make an immediate impact while we explore the opportunity to open an office in Ghana in the future.”

Why Ghana?

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. 

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 in Ghana, Mentally Aware Nigeria Initiative (MANI) in Nigeria, and The HackLab Foundation in Ghana. As part of our long-term commitment to the region, we’ll continue to explore compelling ways we can use the positive power of Twitter to strengthen our communities through employee engagement, platform activation, and corporate giving. 

We still have much to learn but we are excited to listen, learn, and engage. Public conversation is essential to solving problems, building shared ideas, and pushing us all forward together. We can’t wait for the next step on that journey.