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As usual, it has been an eventful week o social media. Social media, especially Twitter, is like the cultural Igbo village square where all issues concerning society are discussed without taking any prisoners. The social media space has no place for preferential treatment. You up on the trend list because you are being praised for an amazing feat today and tomorrow, you are being dragged like a tiger generator.


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This week on social media roundup, Twitter especially has seen a whole lot of issues put forth on the deliberation table and we will be looking at a few of them.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Former Nigerian Finance Minister, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was on Monday 15th February 2021 confirmed as the new Secretary-General of the World Trade Organisation. She beat off competition from South Korea’s Myung Yoo-hee, who dropped out from the race, seeing that she no longer stood a chance against Okonjo Iweala.

Dr Okonjo-Iweala becomes the first African and the first woman to hold the position.

#BeLikeNgoziChallenge

In the spirit of Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s achievement, a Twitter user, @honilatte started the #BeLikeNgoziChallenge. Those who were happy with her achievement joined the trend, dressing in Okonjo-Iweala’s trademark ankara. Young girls who aspire to be like her also participated in the challenge. In a very funny turn of events, the men were not left out.


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Congratulations Rinu

Rinu Oduala, a renowned activist, who came to the limelight in the wake of the #EndSARS protests all around Nigeria was, yet again, on the trend list. Apparently, she has been recognised by the United Nations as an ambassador for Peace, Dignity, and Equality on a healthy planet. She tweeted:

The fearless Rinu, who succeeded in putting the Federal Government of Nigeria on its toes through her instrumental participation in the #EndSARS movement, recently stepped down from the Lagos state judicial panel as a result of the vote in favour of opening the Lekki Toll Gate.

#OrluAirAttack

On Thursday, 18th of February 2021, reports and videos of the Nigerian Military flying over Orlu, Imo state filled the social media space. The events of Thursday was so horrifying and increased the already heightened tension in Nigeria. Nigerians on social media were left confused as to why such military presence of war proportion should be seen in a heavy civilian population.

Minister of Defence

Nigerian Minister of Defence, Bashir Salihi Magashi made an outrageous comment about defenceless civilians all over the Nation who have had their livelihoods destroyed as a result of the increasing insecurity in Nigeria. He suggested that Nigerians are cowards and incapable of defending themselves against armed bandits. Trust Nigerians to react in obvious and traditional disappointment.

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Chidozie Prince Ahaneku

I am a poet. I am a moderate thinker who abhors radicalism on every front and believes that most things are relative. I am a social and political critic. I love writing, reading and international politics.

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