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Did you know?

1. No African country names begin with the letters F, H, I, J, O, P, Q, V, W, X, or Y.

2. Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent.

3. African tech startups raise billions of dollars annually, seven African start-ups were included in the World Economic Forum 2021 cohort of 100 Technology Pioneers: 54gene, mPharma, Cambridge Industries, FlexFinTx, Kuda, Moringa School and Sokowatch.

Twitter first headquarters in Ghana

Average of 22% of Africa is connected to the world wide web and of those users 11.75% have Twitter accounts. Twitter is recruiting in Ghana.

Twitter headquarters sits in San Francisco's Civic Center neighborhood, the first headquarters in Africa will be located in Ghana. Twitter is recruiting eleven people in Ghana, the company's first hires on the African continent.

A young girl takes a picture with a cell phone during the opening ceremony of the new Library at the Cultural Center in El Fasher North Darfur

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey made the announcement 4-12-21 that its first Africa headquarters will be in Ghana. This came as a surprise as Nigeria, South Africa, Egypt and Kenya have more established tech hubs.

Nigeria has the most tech hubs followed by South Africa, Egypt and Kenya. Singapore, London, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, and New York were ranked as the leading tech hubs outside Silicon Valley. There are more than 600 tech hubs actively operating in Africa, Africa needs better tech hubs rather than more of them for support for start-ups across the continent.

Nevertheless, African tech hubs are on the rise and with Twitter’s announcement that Ghana will be its first Africa headquarters should be no shock since by 2050 Africa is projected to be home to one in every four of the world's inhabitants, and almost 40 percent of its children less than 18 years.

"Africa will define the future," Dorsey said. Entrepreneurship particularly tech-enabled high-growth entrepreneurship is often cited as a key to African economic growth and development.

Twitter first headquarters in Africa will be located in Ghana

“This is the start of a beautiful partnership between Twitter and Ghana,” Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo tweeted, saying its presence was crucial for the development of Ghana’s tech sector.

An average of 22% of Africa‘s population is connected to the world wide web and of those users 11.75% have Twitter accounts.

Top 10 African Countries with the highest internet access.

Morocco 58.3%

Seychelles 56.5%

South Africa 54%

Mauritius 53.2%

Tunisia 50.9%

Cabo Verde 48.2%

Gabon 48.1%

Uganda 45.9%

Algeria 42.9%

Egypt 41.3%

Kids playing with my cell phone in Ethiopia

How does Africa compare to the rest of the world for internet access?

The United States of America 76.2%

United Kingdom 94.8%

China 53.2%

Brazil 59.7%

Japan 92%

Russia 76.4%

Mexico 59.5%

Germany 89.6%

Africa 22%

“We must be more immersed in the rich and vibrant communities that drive the conversations taking place every day across the African continent,” Twitter said in a statement.

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Africa is surrounded by water but is not an island, here are a few African Island facts.

Madagascar is the 4th large island in the world and is located in the Indian Ocean supporting a unique biology, about 90% of its plants and animals are found nowhere else on earth.

Composed of 155 islands, Seychelles is Africa's smallest country. By far the largest island is Mahe, home to about 90% of the population and the site of its capital city of Victoria.

Cabo Verde has a strategic location 310 miles or 500 km from the west coast of Africa near major north-south sea routes; important communications station; important sea and air refueling site.

Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent. Continents can not be considered islands because of their size and also by historic definition since many people who study geography define islands and continents as two different things.

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