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Nigerians are not holding back in expressing their emotions after micro-blogging site and social media platform, Twitter announced that it would make Ghana its African Headquarters.
Announcing the decision In a post on its official blog on Monday, the company said the move was to expand its reach to communities across the African continent.
“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,” the statement reads.
On why they choose to open shop in 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.
Reacting to the move, a lot of Nigerians took to social media to expess their disappointment
Some cited Twitter’s claim of increased freedom and democracy in Ghana and said it is a further stain on the Buhari-led administration that has been alleged to stifle democratic privileges.
Editi Effiong, a film producer and the CEO of Anakle, a digital agency said Twitter’ Ghana move was “a missed opportunity for Nigeria.”
Iyin Aboyeji, a tech entrepreneur and co-founder of unicornn start-up, Flutterwave in reacting to the news said “One day we will wake up and Ghana will be the unofficial capital of Africa. Love the moves they’ve been making! Akwaaba!”
Tolu Ogunlesi, a media aide to the presidency watered down the move and said other African countries deserve the recognition they are getting and Nigeria has good number of investors already.
“A time must come when we all grow up and stop these childish pissing and dissing games. Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, SA are ALL getting a lot of recognition and investment from tech companies and investors. Let’s stop behaving like crabs, as if it’s a Zero Sum game. It’s stupid!,”
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