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The new 'jollof wars' and why Twitter chose Ghana over Nigeria for its first Africa base

   April 14, 2021 7:59 AM
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by Nimi Princewill and Stephanie Busari, CNN

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LAGOS, Nigeria - Twitter's announcement Monday that it will set up its first Africa base in Ghana, West Africa, has generated fierce debate among Nigerian users of the social media app, and reignited the never-ending rivalry between the two countries, known colloquially as the 'Jollof wars.'

Many Nigerians believe that Twitter's decision is a snub to the continent's largest economy, which is seeing rapid growth and investment in its tech scene.

According to NOI polls, 39.6 million Nigerians have a Twitter account, which is more than the entire 32 million population of Ghana.

Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey capped a whirlwind tour of Africa in 2019 by pledging to move to the continent for several months in 2020.

Now it seems that his business will make that move first.

n a statement announcing the decision, Twitter described Ghana "as a champion for democracy, a supporter of free speech, online freedom, and the Open Internet." The social media giant also cited Ghana's hosting of the secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area as another reason for moving there, saying it aligns with "its ambition to establish a presence in the region that will support our efforts to improve and tailor our service across Africa." Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo said "the choice of Ghana as headquarters for Twitter's Africa operations is EXCELLENT news," and described it as a "beautiful partnership between Ghana and Twitter and which is critical for the dev't of Ghana's hugely important tech sector."

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