After a whirlwind tour of the continent during the month of November, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey told his followers on the social media platform that he is planning to move to Africa for at least part of the year in 2020.
“Africa will define the future (especially the bitcoin one!),” Dorsey wrote. “Not sure where yet, but I’ll be living here for 3-6 months mid 2020.”
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. 🌍 pic.twitter.com/9VqgbhCXWd— jack 🌍🌏🌎 (@jack) November 27, 2019
Dorsey made the announcement following the end of a three-week jaunt that took him to Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana and Ethiopia. Along the way, he met with bitcoin entrepreneurs, software developers, and others active in the continent’s tech startup scene.
Twitter, a publicly traded company, did not respond to requests for comment about the plans of its chief executive.
Those who call the continent home welcomed Dorsey’s decision, saying they hope it will shine a light on a vibrant part of the world that often goes unnoticed and rarely gets attention unless it’s bad news.
@Jack so glad you could make this journey and see what wonderful talented people we have as treasures on this continent. Waiting for you 3-6 months to learn more.— Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (@NOIweala) November 27, 2019
Others, however, noted the timing of his move and wondered if there weren’t other reasons for him to be AWOL at the height of the U.S. campaign season.
Is it meaningful that Twitter's @jack is leaving America for Africa during the 2020 election campaign?— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) December 1, 2019
Dorsey came under fire last month, especially from conservatives who believe the platform to be hostile to their movement, when he announced that Twitter would not be accepting any more political ads. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said the ban runs counter to the American tradition of free speech and stands to benefit only “incumbent politicians and the mainstream media.”