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Jack Dorsey of Twitter set to move to Africa

Jack Dorsey and some of Twitter execs during a visit to Nigeria
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Jack Dorsey and some of Twitter execs during a visit to Nigeria

The CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey has announced that he would be moving to Africa for some months in 2020 following his tour of the continent.

He posted on Twitter saying he did not know for sure where exactly he would be living but he would be in Africa for half of next year.

His original tweet reads “Sad to be leaving the continent…for now. Africa will define the future (especially the bitcoin one!). Not sure where yet, but I’ll be living here for 3-6 months mid-2020.”

This news comes after Jack Dorsey’s tour of the African continent. Jack and some of the execs at Twitter visited Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia and South Africa.

Techpoint publisher Adewale Yusuf, said that he was not surprised that the CEO plans to move to the continent. Adewale says he does not think Jack Dorsey will pick a specific country. Instead, he might shuttle between a few African countries. But I think Nigeria will be one of the countries.

Twitter employs the creator of Quoted Replies

While in Nigeria, Jack Dorsey met with entrepreneurs and young artists. He also met with a Twitter board member Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, an economist and former managing director of the World Bank.

During Dorsey’s visit to Nigeria, a software developer made a big impression on the Twitter CEO. Dara Oladosu, the creator of an app called Quoted Replies, was offered a job following a meeting with Twitter execs.

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Quoted Replies is a Twitter bot that pulls together quoted replies on the platform. Oladosu said he was inspired to create the app when he realized people wanted a platform to aggregate quoted comments to their tweets.

Looking towards Cryptocurrency

In Ghana, the Twitter team met with bitcoin entrepreneurs. Dorsey, who recently backed a cryptocurrency startup, CoinList, has become a vocal advocate of Bitcoin. He says that he will integrate it into Twitter and his other venture, Square.

An increasing number of African developers and entrepreneurs are working on cryptocurrency.

BitHub, an incubation hub for internet-based currencies, was founded in 2015 by Kenyan tech entrepreneur John Karanja, who runs workshops on blockchain technologies for young developers.

“Karanja says the workshop is an opportunity for young people to learn about cryptocurrencies, potentially helping them access global markets.