Kenyans were enraged when they learnt that Twitter had chosen Accra over Nairobi for its African headquarters.
The decision by the social media giant dealt a severe blow of confidence to Kenyans on Twitter (KOT) who prides themselves as Africa’s best who never lose a fight.
To them Nairobi was a natural choice but as journalist Linus Kaikai explained, Ghana’s political stability and quality of leadership may have influenced the decision.
Kaikai said the the reason why Twitter chose Ghana over Kenya matters and wondered whether it has to do with questions of ease of doing business and also the cost of doing business in Kenya.
“It matters because it is an investor’s statement of confidence,” said Kaikai.
The chairman of the Kenya Tourism Federation Mohammed Hersi said Kenya failed to woo Twitter when the Twitter boss visited Africa for 21 days.
He said Ghana was chosen because it was considered a firm supporter of free speech, online freedom, and the Open Internet.
Additionally, Ghana’s recent appointment to host The Secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area allows Twitter to “establish a presence in the region”.
Hersi said Kenya in the eyes of the world is right now seen as a corruption den and that our image is battered.
While we may think we are the best the rest of the world is now seeing the rest of Africa beyond Kenya.
Hersi said the fact that Twitter boss didn’t even consider us in his 2019 21days Africa visit was clear testimony that we dont appear on his radar screen and we are not that important.
He said it high time Kenya woke up since many are still riding the tide of past glory when the cheese has move