The world has changed considerably beyond recognition over the past four months with the coronavirus pandemic transforming without warning our lives completely.
The fear of the spread of the virus, which was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan and infected over 15 million people globally and killed over 600,000 led to the institution of various forms of restrictions including limitations on face-to-face human interactions.
As succinctly captured by an executive summary of this year’s Twiplomacy study: “COVID-19 has thoroughly upended diplomacy, a profession which involves a fair amount of travel, physical meetings, and in-person interactions.
“The traditional work of world leaders and diplomats has come to a sudden stop as travel restrictions, border closures and shelter-in-place orders have scuppered in-person diplomatic activity.”
With no more physical meetings, bilateral summits, or multi-lateral gatherings, world leaders and diplomats had to adapt to working from home and have been “thrust into virtual meetings,” the summary continues.
And diplomacy became truly digital.
In this article, therefore, Face2face Africa looks at three African leaders among the most conversational world leaders on Twitter, according to Twiplomacy 2020 study.