In 2019 during his short tour to Africa, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey disclosed the company was looking into expanding its presence in Africa. In a blog post today, the company announced it is setting up a team in Ghana.
“In line with our growth strategy, we’re excited to announce that we are now actively building a team in Ghana,” the blog post reads. “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.”
As a result of this, Twitter is currently recruiting across different roles including product, design, engineering, marketing and communications. There are twelve available roles in Ghana which are all remote at the moment.
The big question, why Ghana? Many had thought Twitter would choose Nigeria to grow its presence in Africa but there is lot of government policies in place that would have made it difficult for Twitter to operate smoothly.
“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,” the company explained. “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.”
During the nationwide protest against police brutality in Nigeria in October 2020, Jack Dorsey was a prominent advocate of the movement and also encouraged the use of bitcoin for transactions. The Nigerian government would eventually place a ban on bitcoin and prominent social media influencers who showed solidarity for the EndSars movement had their bank accounts frozen before a court order lifted the suspension.