One of the World Most influential social media platform ,Twitter has named Nigeria’s former finance minister, Dr. to its board.
Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance, former Minister for the Economy and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, has been appointed to the Board of Twitter, the world’s second largest social network. Nice one 👏👏👏👏
Understands that Okonjo-Iweala, a former senior World Bank official was named alongside American lawyer Robert Zoellick to the social media platform’s board.
We’re adding Ngozi (@NOIweala) and Bob (@authorzoellick) to the Twitter board. Welcome! Sadly we’re also saying farewell to our friend Marjorie (@marjscar). She’s been an amazing advocate for journalists everywhere, and pushed us constantly to better inform people. Thank you M.
the company announced saying “We are confident they will be incredible assets to Twitter as we continue to focus on driving transparency and making Twitter a safer, healthier place for everyone who uses our service,” Twitter’s Executive Chairman Omid Kordestani said.
Excited to work with @Jack and an incredible team on the Board of Twitter, a global platform that is such a strong connector of people and ideas.
Okonjo-Iweala welcomed the appointment and said she looked forward to leveraging the platform to drive conversations on global issues. “As we strive to build a better world for tomorrow, Twitter can amplify messages and drive critical conversations around today’s most important issues,” she said in a statement.
Wow! Ngozi is a BIG deal! You are getting serious on #diversity at the #boardofdirectors! This is beautiful and powerful, o studied a lot this subject, you made he right move, monitor the growth of @Twitter in #Africa I assure you, it will accelerate!
— 📶 VICO 🇧🇷🇮🇹🇺🇸🇦🇷 (@vfiorese_) July 20, 2018
But some users criticized the company’s decision to choose board members that were not active on the platform.
Harvard-educated economist Okonjo-Iweala has around 860,000 Twitter followers and hardly engages on the platform, they said.
(We get critiques about how active board members look on Twitter. Lots of ways to use the service effectively. Some folks use it only to see what’s happening!? On us to make it valuable to join the conversation. But we also benefit from folks new to Twitter: fresh perspectives.)
— jack (@jack) July 19, 2018
Zoellick, a former World Bank president, joined the social platform February and has not sent out any tweet.
But the company’s co-founder Jack Dorsey defended the decision saying while many use the platform to drive conversations, the company was open to fresh perspectives from new users.
“We get critiques about how active board members look on Twitter. Lots of ways to use the service effectively. Some folks use it only to see what’s happening!? On us to make it valuable to join the conversation. But we also benefit from folks new to Twitter: fresh perspectives,” he said in a tweet.