US social media firm Twitter says Africa will define the future

2021-04-12 22:26:48
US social media firm Twitter says Africa will define the future

US social media company Twitter announced Monday it was recruiting eleven people in Ghana, the company's first hires on the African continent, and plans to open an office there later.

The social media giant joins Facebook and other tech companies moving into Africa, where founder Jack Dorsey spent a month in 2019, AFP reported.

"Africa will define the future," Dorsey said at the time, after visiting Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia and South Africa.

The jobs advertised in Ghana include positions for engineering, marketing and communications specialists.

"Today, in line with our growth strategy, we’re excited to announce that we are now actively building a team in Ghana," the company said in a statement.

Twitter said that its new team members would be working remotely under work-from-home policies while it explored "the opportunity to open an office in Ghana in the future."

Ghana's support for free speech and online freedoms made it the company's choice for its first African location, Twitter said.

It added that the Secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) base in Ghanaian capital Accra had played into the decision.

Facebook has several offices in Africa, including in Ghana's neighbour

Nigeria, where Mark Zuckerberg has been on a visit.

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