Microblogging site, Twitter, has explained why it chose Ghana over Nigeria, to set up its first African presence.
Twitter Chief Executive Officer, CEO, Jack Dorsey, tweeted on Monday, that the company is setting up its first presence in Africa, and that the country of choice is Ghana.
His exact words: “Twitter is now present on the continent. Thank you, Ghana and Nana Akufo-Addo.”
On its website, Twitter gave an explanation on why it chose Ghana over other countries, including Nigeria.
It explained: “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.”