Twitter sidelined Nigeria because Ghana is a better democracy
It is no longer news that Twitter sidelined Nigeria to locate its African office in Ghana, Nigeria’s neighbour.
Nigerians did not take this lightly as the decision was met with shock and disappointment by many Nigerians, especially on social media including this tweet from a government’s sympathiser, Adamu Garba.
And then this tweet, from those who said they saw Twitter’s move coming.
However, to clarify their stand on Nigeria, Twitter in a joint post by its Product Lead, and Director, Product Management, Global Markets, Kayvon Beykpour, and Uche Adegbite made it clear that Nigeria is its target market apparently given its population.
- They explained the company chose to locate its Africa office in Ghana and not Nigeria because the Ghana is a “champion of democracy”.
- It said its decision was informed by Ghana’s “support for free speech and online freedoms” of which Twitter is also an advocate.
- It added that Ghana’s recent appointment to host the Secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) also influenced its decision as it aligns with the company’s overarching goal to establish a presence in the region that will support its efforts to improve and tailor its service across Africa.
The social networking service said its new team members would be working remotely under its work-from-home policies while it explores “the opportunity to open an office in Ghana in the future”.