Tech executive wants to move to the continent next year after meeting entrepreneurs during his moth long visit
Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey has revealed that he intends moving to Africa to live there for 3 to 6 months next year. He announced the move following a month-long visit to entrepreneurs on the continent.
“Sad to be leaving the continent … for now. Africa will define the future (especially the bitcoin one!),” Dorsey tweeted from Addis Ababa on Wednesday. “Not sure where yet, but I’ll be living here for 3-6 months mid-2020. Grateful I was able to experience a small part.”
In an email response, twitter said: “We’ve nothing to share beyond Jack’s initial tweet.”
CNN reported that Dorsey began his African tour on 8 November and visited Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria and SouthAfrica
While in Ethiopia he listened to startup pitches. And in Nigeria, he met entrepreneurs and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a Twitter board member who formerly worked as managing director of the World Bank.
Dara Oladosu, a software developer was offered a job after meeting company representatives, she is credited with creating the Twitter bot Quoted Replies, which aggregates comments on tweets, according to CNN
Dorsey also met bitcoin business owners in Ghana. He revealed that he intends to integrate Bitcoin use on twitter and the payment app square CNN said.
Tech industry in Africa is steadily experiencing rapid growth. A mobile services industry group, GSMA said there were 618 “active tech hubs” on the continent this year, up 40% from 2018. According to GSMA, Nigeria and South Africa have the most, with 85 and 80, respectively.
John Karanja, a Kenyan tech entrepreneur launched BitHub, an incubator for cryptocurrencies, in 2015. Ethiopia’s government reportedly hopes that a tech-centric economy could create 3m jobs.
Dorsey’s African tour comes as social tech giants continue to face criticism over the spread of hate speech and misinformation online. Dorsey announced in October that Twitter would ban political advertising, putting pressure on Facebook to enact a similar policy.