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Social media: The good, bad and ugly consequences

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The first question is: what is social media? According to Google, social media refers to the means of interactions among people in which they create, share, and/or exchange information and ideas in virtual communities and networks. Overtime, social media has indeed made communication simpler because I could remember my dad always telling tales of when I was born and his brother (my uncle) had to travel down from Ogun State to Ondo State to break the news.

Imagine that kind of stress. Thanks to social media that has given space for people to simply connect with their loved ones even from afar. This is called Life made easy via technology and advancement. It is flabbergasting to see that in today’s century, social media has become a way of life.

As for me, I don’t know of anybody else. I sleep and wake on social media. and I’m 70 percent sure that many people do so too. It has become a lifestyle. And the funny thing is; our interests vary. Some are addicted to Twitter, while some Facebook, while some Instagram.

The question now is: How do you manage your addiction? Do you want social media to make or break you? I’m standing on a rigid protocol to ascertain that some people are making over 1 million naira monthly via social media. While some people’s downfall came from this same social media.

There are three main problems social media is battling with at the moment: fake news, impersonation, and fake life.

Fake news: Lately, social media has become a space for false news. Gone are those days of prints, radio, and television media. All these platforms scrutinize their news before it’s been published. This has in a way given room for checks and balances on the stories being published.

But social media on the other hand is practically contrary to the norms. Here, everybody is a journalist. Anybody can take to his or her space to break false news without being checked. This has given room for fake news.

Impersonation: Social media has made scams easy. I’m sure we all know what “yahoo yahoo” is and the effect on the reputation of Nigeria.

Fake life: I postulated something a while ago that we were all happy before we started comparing our lives to others. Social media unfortunately is a platform where people showcase fortunes and extravagant lifestyles, thereby making other people feel God is not doing well for them.

Many people have committed suicide as a result of their glances on social media. And some people have exhausted their financial strength on fake life. That’s why it’s advisable to keep children out of social media for now.

Back to the most interesting part. Which is how people make money via social media (the legit way). There is no magic to it. It is simply via advertisement. These days, everybody wants to advertise, though for different reasons. And they are confident that social media is the simplest and most profitable platform.

The two major reasons for social media adverts is either to build a profile or to sell a product.

Profile: Might be a politician, actor, Artiste, MC, DJ etcetera. All these people are not using social media for anything order than to build and expose their personalities to the public. Brands like NGOs, Social-cultural groups like KCI also fall under this category. They just want people to hear about them and know them.

Products: Gold sellers, cars sellers, collections, fashion designers etc. want social media for the purpose of advertising their products. They prefer to use social media as their preferred platform because social media currently is the biggest communication community. Take it or leave it. This is where Digital Marketing/Marketers come in.
However, Digital marketing, also called online marketing, is the promotion of brands to connect with potential customers using the internet and other forms of digital communication.
Therefore, if as an individual, you can help brands connect with their potential customers, then you can be referred to as a Digital/social media Marketer. Going forward, to be a successful social media marker does not require you to study at Cambridge or Harvard. All you need do is have the required audience those brands need.
However, the following are required of you to become a successful social media marketer: Unique content, smartphone, passion and devotion.

Unique content: You must have something that interests people. First, check your ability. Are you funny, are you a foodie, are you a traveler, do you like cooking, are you a counselor, are you a creative writer, etcetera?
You must be good at something (Niche). The uniqueness must be there.
This is what people will see that will convince them to follow you.

Smartphone: Your phone must be smart. The phone is what will project the unique content.

Passion: If you have passion for something, you won’t back off and whatever you spend (be it physical, financial, etc.) will not mean a big deal to you. You will be more than glad to spend/invest. That’s passion.

Devotion: It may be tough to gather followers but you must be devoted. As in, ignoring many other things to focus on social media. Social media must be like a career to you.

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An Asiwaju In Every State Is Akin To A Poverty Free Nigeria – Kamal Rahman

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Our past experiences have not only taught us that out destiny lies with us – just as the Piper dictates the tune. It has dawn on us that we finally have to embrace oneness , extinguish diversities , move on and live the dream . This is the desire of all Nigerians . However , the role of the one and only who will bell the cat can never be undermined .

After going round and round, through and through , all fingers point to Bourdillon , the home of that one man who is vastly experienced in tackling political issues , the giant , the listener , an achiever  and the hope – Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu .

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has become a significant gladiator in the agitation concerning the future of the Nigerian state. His views and opinions have been subjected to heated debates that exceed the personal, political and cultural understanding of an average Nigerian politician.

Ashiwaju is not an ordinary politician but a personality worthy of being studied. How he keeps resurfacing in every conversation on and offline among the youths and adults is what should be emulated not by other politicians alone but everyone who holds or aspire to hold a significant position.

Far and near , the name “Jagaban” sounds like an eruption of volcano in the ears of those that celebrate and those that detest him. As if his participation in clamoring for a free and better Nigeria in the 90s alongside some comrades is not enough , he went on to demonstrate true representative governance during his days as the Lagos State Governor. Little wonder why all around Nigeria , his songs of praise dominate.

The name “Asiwaju” meaning “the one who leads” is a Yoruba appellation that carries the burden of Yoruba ethical principles and he has been able to live up to the name as he is the kind of leader every state wished they had. A leader who do not segregate , one whose ideology and concept centers mainly around creating a conducive, accommodating and soothing environment for all Nigerians, regardless of religion or ethnicity or status.

Many have families across the ocean, some even in Nigeria successful enough to break the chains of poverty in their family but would rather choose to oppress instead of lifting them out of the shackles of poverty. But it appears the tune is about to change. In him Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is the man of vision , emotion and mission to get our beloved country to the much deserved promise Land.

So far, “the city boy “  has lived an exemplary life by building men who are not members of his family politically in other to tackle the issue of bad leadership in the country. Also, he has fed many people who are not related to him, a man who will go to any length to bring forth a smile to the face of the sad.

However, it is so disheartening and inhumane that such a philanthropist and an absolute humanitarian is still facing criticism from some sect. Even the well-to-do family members that abandoned their family in the pool of poverty will come out and call him names.

But so glaring it is now, the light is here, the path is clear, and it’s time our heroes hopes are freed, as Asiwaju as usual is ready to lead Nigerians out of abject poverty.

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BAT: THE NEW NIGERIA VISION AND THE GHOST OF JUNE 12

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I have never joined discussions on the older generations handing over to younger generations because the issues are much more than that. Handing over of leadership is not a choice. It’s an established natural law that nothing can change the ageing process. Those nations with enlightened leaders are conscious of the inevitability of death that is why they train younger ones to take over. I am not going to be discussing why a candidate is better than the other. My reasoning is not founded on faults nor fallacies; but on the reality of things that are before us as Nigerians.

ASIWAJU’S MISTAKE

Asiwaju made his own mistake in 2011 by delivering the southwest to PDP rather than CPC with whom they could have at least provided alternative governance for Nigerians and naturally he must receive his due chastisement as divine penalty. He actually allowed himself to be ‘used’ by the old Afenifere/NADECO caucus whose agenda since after June 12 is to move the Yorubas out the Nigerian nationhood. The same folks are his greatest enemies today when he chose to correct the mistakes of the Buhari led government. His merger with Buhari was seen as a game taken too far by some silent gladiators but the eventualities of the APC primaries proved a bigger point than many of us could imagine. Asiwaju truly meant the statement, e lo fo kan baale – you guys should go and relax. His emergence has reawakened the hopes of many Nigerians that good times may be imminent.

ASIWAJU’S ACHIEVEMENTS

The achievements of Asiwaju in our national polity are too significant to be made feeble by anybody not to talk of many of the constituents of my generation – The Nigerian Youths. Asiwaju had not only provided the people of southwest with a performance-based leadership template since 1999 but has successfully engaged his own party by compelling it at all times to prove itself to be virile. A closer study of Asiwaju’s politicking towards the Nigeria agenda is the fact that he had successfully been able to involve a lot of people from various ethnic backgrounds in his refining system of governance. The appointment of individuals’ that were not from Lagos State into key positions in the governance of Lagos State is a good pointer. I boldly say that he was that single man that stretched this path of honour just for effective governance. To him, we all must get the job right whether you are Yoruba or Igbo. Asiwaju remains the most detribalized Nigerian politician on Earth – res ipsa loquitur. Asiwaju is a master strategist and a political titan of no mean measure. He is a product of many factors ranging from his political consistency, training and planting of political associates and in particular social capital programmes and philanthropic gestures over the years. It is no longer news that Asiwaju has really paid his due in the political atmosphere of Nigeria; hence there is no dispute as to the everlasting relevance in the political history of this Nigeria from his NADECO days to this present Fourth Republic where he has navigated through various potholes to stage himself. One reason why he can lay credence to being a true-born democrat is his salutary efforts to redefine the concept of party politics in the effervescent terrain called Nigeria. This is no doubt a man with the Nigeria Agenda. In the game of politics, Asiwaju is a master planner, commanding force and arresting personality who has not only raised men and leaders, he is also a great friendship builder and manager. It is a fine thing to have ability, but the ability to discover ability in others is the true test.

MUSLIM – MUSLIM TICKET

Asiwaju fought for our democracy from the days he was exiled from Nigeria alongside other pro-democracy activists over the June 12, 1993, presidential election crisis. That election which was annulled by General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd) was won by Chief MKO Abiola who died fighting to actualise his mandate freely given to him by Nigerians. This is the journey that Asiwaju is leading at the moment. It is safe to conclude that Nigeria might get to see a replica or a better version of June 12 elections. The spirit of are alive and would be set to work again. No doubt the Muslim-muslim Ticket is coming to play again. In 1993, Chief MKO Abiola chose a Kanuri man as his Vice; and 30 years later Asiwaju also picked a Kanuri man has his Vice. This can never be a mere coincidence but a substantive one. A brief into what Senator Kashim Shettima stands for is his action towards the issue of insurgents in Nigeria, more particularly Boko Haram. Contrary to the propaganda that has filled the media space on the fact that he was the cause of the captivity of the Chibok girls by Boko Haram insurgents. It is notable to point out that Senator Kashim Shettima has been coordinating the rehabilitation and resettlement of victims of the Boko Haram insurgents. This is what over 50,000 children are benefitting across the 27 local governments in his State. It just doesn’t measure up saying he made the Chibok girls case happened. We had a federal government that failed woefully in that aspect. A part of the solution that many feared to take is what Shettima has been doing before now.

The June 12 mantra of hope was not based on religion whether was it premised on bias and sentiments. It was founded on the believe that Nigeria must work. It’s just so insensitive that at this critical time of our governance, we are playing the religion cards as a yardstick to good governance. Many have forgotten so quick that Asiwaju being a Muslim sacrificed his Vice President’s slot for a Christian even when it was considered then that a Muslim – muslim ticket was not in a bad place. We also forget so soon that sometimes in 2011, the Action Congress of Nigeria fielded a Muslim-muslim ticket. Nuhu Ribadu and Fola Adeola were both Muslims but I guess hell was not let loosed because many never believed the duo could emerge victorious at the general polls. Is this present outcry indicative that Asiwaju-Shettima is a goal already? If yes, it is a sure bet from antecedent of the duo that they are both leaders who exercises uncommon influence as well as considerable power. As it is, we have the duo that truly understands that challenges that all in Nigeria must face. Beyond flattering, they have proven that they are always set to assist in the setting of goals and priorities, to work with others in finding paths to those goals chosen, maintaining public morale and motivation and nurturing a workable level of public unity. The implication is that both men possess the power or influence of transforming something common into something valuable. To many who do not know, our land that is watered by the Niger and Benue and located between the sandy wastes and Gulf of Guinea, washed by the mighty Atlantic is set to be purified by the renewed June 12 hope again. The way of knowledge is superior to the way of action.

Amb. Habeeb Whyte Esq.,
whyte287@gmail.com

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ALH. GAFAR ALANI RABIU; A COLLOSAL LOSS- Mayegun Gbadebo Badru

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The Special Adviser to the Governor of Osun State on Political Affairs, Mayegun ‘Debọ Khalid Badru has expressed deep shock over the death of Iwo born Progressive leader, Alh. Gafar Alani Rabiu early on Tuesday 12th July, 2022.

In a condolence message, Mayegun Musulumi of Iwoland described the incident as extremely unfortunate, painful and a huge loss to the entire people of Iwoland and the All Progressives Congress.

“I send my heartfelt condolences to the family of the deceased and pray God to grant his soul eternal rest as well as give the family the strength to be comforted”.

Mayegun also described the loss of “Baba Baba” as a major setback to Iwoland’s quest to have one of her sons as the Governor of the State come 2026 given his vast knowledge and experience which he has been deploying as a community and political leader until his death.

The S.A therefore called for stringent of decimation of opposition parties and their organs and ensure that we (Iwoland) speak in one voice on 16th July as it is being campaigned by our royal fathers so as to tackle recurrence of our past experiences that have become a source of concern.

Signed:
Otun Alabi Mayowa;
Media Aide to Mayegun Debọ Badru,
SA Political Affairs

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