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Social Media Roundup: What is Nigeria’s definition of a national hero?

October 13, 2017 · 6 min read
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On September 9, 2017, General Victor Malu, former Chief of Army Staff died in a Cairo Hospital. Victor Malu played major roles in the trial of General Oladipo Diya in 1998, the Odi Massacre in 1999 and peace keeping for two years during the first Liberian civil war. It is no wonder that Nigerians had mixed reactions to the news of the death.

Some believe that he was a hero

We refuse to forget our history so quickly

https://twitter.com/Batarhe/status/917414919372443648

https://twitter.com/Alexander2Fredo/status/917757685961052161

And then we saw this.

Speaking of forgotten history…

While we question some Nigerians’ choice of national heros, here are some other interesting topics on social media this week.

First Lady turned Whistle blower

This week, a video of Aisha Buhari, the First Lady of Nigeria went viral on social media. In the video, she revealed that the Aso Rock clinic is poorly equipped despite its huge budget allocation.

https://twitter.com/OsasCruz/status/917623418224332801

Here are few reactions on social media.

Preach Aisha, Preach!

https://twitter.com/femifactor/status/917430733928648706

Let the whistleblowing begin!

https://twitter.com/UrbanCulture06/status/917647494724685824

Aisha Buhari for President

A recap

Then came the jokes

https://twitter.com/GreatGracious/status/917709401183494144

We celebrate the girl child

On October 11 every year, the world celebrates the International Day of the Girl to encourage the girl child and increase awareness for gender equality. This year, Nigerians joined the conversation on Twitter with the #Dayofthegirl hashtag.

Some troubling statistcis

A call to action

Dear Girl Child, we celebrate you, we believe you can change the world.

NNPC saga 2.0

Last week, a letter written by Ibe Kachikwu to the president leaked on social media and it created quite a frenzy. The saga continues this week as NNPC replied Kachikwu and tweeted parts of the letter through their official Twitter handle. In the official reply, NNPC debunked Ibe Kachikwu’s allegations against Dr. Maikanti Baru, NNPC Group Managing Director.

Nigerians reacted

https://twitter.com/myparkvega/status/917393051722682370

https://twitter.com/rapidstan1/status/917374779438653445

Then the Vice President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity tweeted this yesterday:

Read the thread. In the wake of another brewing scandal, Vice President Yemi Osibajo has since clarified that he only gave authorization for the procurement of two financing loans and not contracts. To find out more on the NNPC saga, read these tweets.

A man of the people

This week, American rapper, Eminem broke the internet with his BET Awards anti-Trump freestyle video titled Storm. In the rap freestyle, Eminem berated Donald Trump, the American President, for his responses to racism, the Las Vegas mass shooting and his other disrespectful comments. As expected, Eminem has been trending on social media ever since. Here’s how Nigerians reacted.

We need an Eminem in Nigeria

https://twitter.com/XANTAPLUS/status/918452139969695744

He’s one of us

Don’t try this at home

Since it was posted three days ago, the video earned over 25 million views on YouTube. Watch it here.

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