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Nigerians react as Twitter announces Africa HQ in Ghana

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On Monday 12, April 2020, Twitter announced that it is establishing its Africa presence by announcing its Africa Headquarters in Ghana.

According to Twitter, it chose Ghana because it is “a champion for democracy, supporter of free speech, online freedom, and the Open Internet, of which Twitter is also an advocate.”

“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,” the statement adds.

Reacting to the news on the platform, some Nigerian citizens believe that they have the biggest social media users in Africa, hence, Nigeria should have been chosen as for the headquarters.

A Nigeria Twitter user by the name Honorable Oke wrote;

“Another Big L for Nigeria who despite having the biggest active social media users, we got over looked for Ghana. This is obviously because of the anti-business policies of APC and Buhari. Shameful.”

 

A second user by the name Daddy MO also commented;

“gIaNt oF aFriCa” Nigeria in the mud again. Na only jollof rice wars and past glory dey our corner. When it comes to the reality on ground, it’s not even close concerning how we are viewed and perceived.

 

Another user by the name Imo Udomesiet added;

“This right here is one outcome of Nigeria continually failing its citizens. I want to believe that Nigerians use twitter more than other African nations but Twitter can’t open offices in Nigeria because of issues around governance. Just read the “why Ghana” bit. Very sad indeed.”

“Largely based on textbook definition Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa & probably the largest social media engaging ecosystem in Africa as well. Sadly, the nature of political highjacking, state capture, bad governance & more decadence has made us chop another “L” again!” Anana also commented.

 

 

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South Africa’s Wouter Kellerman, Zakes Bantwini & Nomcebo Zikode win Grammy Best Global Music Performance

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South Africa’s Wouter Kellerman, Zakes Bantwini & Nomcebo Zikode have  won the 2023 Grammy award for Best Global Music Performance for Bayethe. (more…)

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Idris Elba attends Akwasidae in Asante Kingdom

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British actor of Ghanaian and Senegalese heritage, Idris Elba has paid homage to the Ashanti King, Otumfour Osei Tutu II as he attended Akwasidae at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi.

The Akwasidae Festival is celebrated by the Ashanti people and chiefs in Ashanti, as well as the Ashanti diaspora. The festival is celebrated on a Sunday, once every six weeks.

Earlier in the week, Elba revealed that he and his partners have undertaken some groundwork aimed at facilitating the building of a film studio in Ghana and across West Africa.

Speaking to President Akufo-Addo during a visit to the Jubilee House, the actor explained that although so much can be achieved in the film industry in Africa, facilities are lacking.

Hence, Idris Elba is convinced that the project, when completed, will be robust and competitive to attract filmmakers to choose Ghana for their productions.

“Currently, we call it West African Studios, but that’s a working title. We’ve been working on this for three or four years to raise a plan that puts a facility at the centre of African filmmaking. There’s a lot for African filmmaking, but the facilities are lacking.”

Idris Elba added that although their plans are in place, they believe that there needs to be policies that would encourage filmmakers to make the trip to Ghana and other West African countries.

He stated that in their preparations and research, they put together the parameters for the policy, adding that they sought to understand what international filmmakers need from Ghana.

The ‘Beast of No Nation’ actor stated that without the policy framework, the country can have as many film studios as possible, but it will not attract filmmakers.

“We realized that policy is where the actual groundwork needs to be laid. We’ve studied the models of South Africa, incredible incentive packages, Greece, Morocco and these are all places where they realize the value of the filmmaking and they’ve brought that policy into play.”

“National Film Authority has done the work and put together a very comprehensive plan to propel Ghana into the forefront. It needs to be robust and competitive to the rest of the world. We believe for sure that Ghana should step up in terms of attracting those filmmakers. I’ve come and seen you and presented to you essentially, just the parameters of what we need to do.”

President Akufo-Addo assured Idris Elba that the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture is developing a policy framework to guide filmmaking in the country.

He advised that the director of the Creative Arts Agency will liaise with the Tourism Minister to look through the proposal presented, in relation to what the Ministry is doing to ensure there are no gaps.

He stated that this will ensure the film industry has a comprehensive document that guides their activities.

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Stonebwoy hits the studio with American singer Jordin Sparks

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Ghanaian Reggae and Dancehall artist, Stonebwoy has been captured in a studio with American singer, Jordin Sparks following their recent meeting in Los Angeles. (more…)

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Nigerian court fines singer Oxlade N5m over leaked sex tape

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A Lagos State High Court, Southwest Nigeria has awarded N5m damages against a singer, Ikuforijimi Abdulrahman, aka Oxlade, over a leaked explicit sex tape with a woman on a social media app, Snapchat. (more…)

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I put Stonebwoy on, but people claim I have done nothing to support other artists- Kwaw Kese

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Ghanaian rapper, Kwaw Kese has recounted his contribution to the success of Stonebwoy’s career. (more…)

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T-Ben Miller drops new single “Soldier”, ahead of EP release – LISTEN

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T-Ben Miller has come for the girls again with a new single. This time he comes as a “Soldier”, the title of the song. As the Valentine’s Day season approaches and the world is celebrating February as the month of love, it is appropriate to find the song that syncs well with the ladies.

T-Ben already has hinted about an upcoming EP due for release in early 2023 titled “No Bad Times”, from which he has released some few singles already. But “Soldier” is a side step teaser he wants to share with his fans especially his ladies ahead of the catalogue release.

Listen to “Soldier” here on Digital Stores: https://li.sten.to/tbenmillersoldier

A year ago he relaunched himself with an all new set of records and upgraded version of his creativity. He has since been consistent with releases. T-Ben Miller is an alumni of Ho Technical University who is now fully into doing music and majors in Afrobeats. Follow him across social media on the handle @iamTBen.

 

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