Twitter chief Jack Dorsey reveals plans this week that he is to move to Africa for up to six months next year.
The tech executive announced the planned move after a month-long trip visiting entrepreneurs on the continent.
Dorsey tweeted from Addis Ababa on Wednesday:
“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. Grateful I was able to experience a small part.”
Twitter response when asked for comment, Twitter said in an email, “We’ve nothing to share beyond Jack’s initial tweet.”
While on his trip to Africa a month ago, in Ethiopia, he listened to startup pitches. In Nigeria, he had meetings with entrepreneurs and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a Twitter board member who formerly worked as managing director of the World Bank.
Software developer Dara Oladosu, who created the Twitter bot Quoted Replies, which aggregates comments on tweets, received a job offer after meeting company executives, CNN said.
Dorsey also met bitcoin business owners in Ghana. Dorsey has expressed plans to integrate bitcoin use on Twitter and the payment app Square, according to CNN.
Africa’s tech industry is presently experiencing rapid growth. GSMA, a mobile services industry group, 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.
The Kenyan tech entrepreneur John Karanja launched BitHub, an incubator for cryptocurrencies, in 2015. Ethiopia’s government reportedly hopes that a tech-centric economy could create 3m jobs.