Twitter, US-based microblogging and social networking service, has announced the launch of its first-ever African office in Ghana.

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Jack Dorsey, the company’s CEO, broke the news in terse post on the microblogging platform on Monday.

“Twitter is now present on the continent. Thank you Ghana and @NAkufoAddo #TwitterGhana,” he wrote.

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In a blog post, the social media giant said the move was informed by its quest to enhance public conversation across African communities.

“Today, 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,” it wrote.

Why Ghana?

The company also disclosed that its choice of Ghana was based on the country’s history of being a “champion of democracy” and “a supporter of free speech, online freedom and the open internet.”

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“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,” it added.

“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.”

In a tweet, Nana Akufo-Addo, the country’s president, hailed the move while expressing his administration’s support for the company.

“The choice of Ghana as HQ for Twitter’s Africa operations is excellent news. Gov’t and Ghanaians welcome very much this announcement and the confidence reposed in our country. #TwitterInGhana#TwitterGhana,” he wrote.

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