On Wednesday, at the Farnborough International Airshow in London, Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika unveiled Nigeria's National Carrier, Nigeria Air as well as its logo.
Unveiled 1:18pm, 18/07/18.
Bringing Nigeria closer to the world.
Launching December 2018.
Domestic, regional and international Airline.
— tolu ogunlesi (@toluogunlesi) July 18, 2018
— Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (@FAAN_Official) July 19, 2018
According to the minister, the Nigerian government owns only 5% of Nigeria Air and so would not be involved in running it. Learn more from this factsheet;
— tolu ogunlesi (@toluogunlesi) July 19, 2018
Did you notice the logo is an eagle?
@toluogunlesi my personal opinion thus; the logo is simply a thing of 'gusto'...We cannot all like it and it is natural, I like it very much after realising it is indeed the Eagle spotting the eye, artists deliberately provoke curiosity...Nice one.#NigeriaAir pic.twitter.com/oOnUSCmcFb
— Jack Obinyan (Osinbajo) 🇳🇬 (@JackObinyan) July 18, 2018
— Yinka Chukwuemeka Ogunnubi (@yinkanubi) July 19, 2018
Nigerians are hopeful
I hope ALL govt sponsored trips by public officials and the general public will now be via #NigeriaAir except it isn't one of the 84 routes it intends to fly?
I also hope it won't be subsidised for government, and won't be like PHCN where outstanding bills run in to billions
— Oberkommando der Quency Quencies (@KoloKennethK) July 18, 2018
Congratulations to Nigerians for #NigeriaAir. Hopefully, Nigeria does not happen to it.
— F. SHAW (@FshawKingFisher) July 18, 2018
I have a friend with a pilot licence and he has no work
Now he has to now look for money to renew a licence he has never used to fly before.
A national carrier gives him and many others an opportunity
— OSI. (@Osi_Suave) July 18, 2018
Some, not so much
Don't be deceived o. A new private Airline is entering Nigeria's aviation space. APC Govt has negotiated with the Airline to temporarily adopt a 'National carrier' identity (name/logo) and revert to its original name after 2019 Elections.
Shine ur eyes!
— Prof Stanley Nwabia (@MrStanleyNwabia) July 18, 2018
"Make the Nigerian airspace safer?"
"Look into multiple & exorbitant taxation so ticket fares make more sense?"
"Airport renovation and expansion?"
"Better logistics so domestic flights leave and arrive on time?"
— Jola (@Jollz) July 18, 2018
Rochas Legit put #ImoAir on TV as part of his achievements. If Dr Joe likes he should call it negativity, but I’m not believing anything about #NigeriaAir until I see it flying myself.
The Audacity of lies in this govt is unprecedented.
— Somto Onuchukwu (@chosensomto) July 19, 2018
Seen a lot of back and forth on #NigeriaAir and I must say off the bat that I don’t think it’s a great idea for govt to put money in right now. I have nothing against a National Carrier, has its benefits if you get it to work, but deal being structured doesn’t look beneficial.
— Toye Adedapo (@ToyeAdedapo) July 19, 2018
Some Nigerians are curious about the real owners of Nigeria Air
Does anyone know the private entities that own 95% of #NigeriaAir?
— Chidi Okereke (@Chydee) July 19, 2018
I like the ownership structure of “our” repackaged national carrier. #NigeriaAir is almost entirely owned and driven by the private sector, with Nigeria having only 5% stake. At least it’s not going to be run like a family enterprise, and we get to fly our brand internationally. pic.twitter.com/d9vYjek4RS
— Gimba Kakanda (@gimbakakanda) July 18, 2018
Excuse me, asking questions about the capital and ownership structure of #NigeriaAir does not amount to wishing that the venture fails. If Nigeria owns 5%, who owns the 95%? Isn't this a ploy to grant unfair advantage to some investors over others?
— M. Amuta (@AmutaMe) July 19, 2018
Nigerians being Nigerians
— GIDI (@Gidi_Traffic) July 18, 2018
— Yinka Chukwuemeka Ogunnubi (@yinkanubi) July 18, 2018
If #NigeriaAir doesn't allow 32kg, it's a NO from me.
Proper Jollof rice pls
During turbulence...the in-flight screens should flash...
JESUS!!! JESUS!!! JESUS!!!
— Wale Gates (@walegates) July 18, 2018
Old: Nigeria Airways
New: Nigeria Air
His Excellency has done an amazing job by nipping and tucking away the old “Ways”, because in this new dispensation we must be frugal and prudent with national nomenclature. #NigeriaAir
— victor ehikhamenor (@victorsozaboy) July 18, 2018
Nigeria Air will kick off operations by the end of this year. Read this thread on the 10 times Nigeria's atttempt at a National Carrier failed. And read on for other trending topics on social media this week.
Stalking Banky W
At the beginning of the week, a video showing two ladies "stalking" Banky W was making rounds on social media. In summary, the ladies were shocked to see that the popular musician still drives an old model car. Watch it below.
Banky W is investing in real estate business...He owns 2 houses in Lekki alone fetching millions in rents annually and another in Ikeja GRA...But because he rides an old Range Rover, some "small girls with big God" think he is broke...I aspire to be like Banky 😊😊😊
— Sidney 🚀♨ (@sidramatics) July 15, 2018
Banky W discovered Wizkid, one of the biggest artist in Africa at the moment.
Those ladies discovered the type of car Banky drove to a shop. Apparently, that's the biggest thing they've discovered in their life.
We really need to start emphasizing strong values in this country.
— Arinze Odira (@CaptainArinze) July 15, 2018
I bet those same girls that stalked Banky W are the kind of people that assume rappers are richer than Gates and Bezoz
— Imoh (@ImohUmoren) July 17, 2018
Banky wrote an open letter to his stalkers on his website. Read it here. Below is an excerpt of the letter;
— POWERPLAY⚡️ (@1djpowerplay) July 19, 2018
A few reactions to the letter
Well done Banky
Finally read the Banky W piece and I’m wondering why people are saying it wasn’t necessary. It is beyond a response to those douchebags. It gives an insight into his (economic) thought process, encourages prudence, promotes his blog, and would raise money for charity. Love it 💯
— Chidi Okereke (@Chydee) July 18, 2018
Banky W was right to have addressed that stupid nonsense. And I like most of the points he made.
— Dr Dípò Awójídé (@OgbeniDipo) July 18, 2018
Banky W is a G to be honest.....gave those girls a well articulated response they didn't deserve but needed to hear. Drove traffic to his website, created awareness for his project and gave them life lessons they will need to improve their lives.
— Adanna (@diaryofada) July 17, 2018
Who has read Banky W's open letter? I think it is unnecessary.
— MOOSE (@IamJetstar) July 17, 2018
Owning a nice car might help me LOOK like I was doing okay, but owning a nice home would help me KNOW. The way my mind is set up…what good is owning a Rolls Royce, if I’m still paying rent on the house I park it in? ~ Banky W
— Biodun (@xatbiodam) July 17, 2018
Banky W responded to that unfortunate video in less than 4 days. It's almost 2 weeks and we are yet to get an official response from our finance minister.
And we want foreign investors to come into the country. Our style of leadership/democracy is different/unique...
— Arinze Odira (@CaptainArinze) July 18, 2018
Banky W truly is a business, man!
The way he responded to that video in an open letter, articulately while driving traffic to his blog, marketing his car for an upcoming auction and charity project is everything.
— ANYANWU UTUTU (@theadaora_) July 18, 2018
Read more here.
The latest on Obasanjo Vs Buhari
Speaking at the Extraordinary Summit of Leaders and Elders of Nigeria this week, former president Olusegun Obasanjo in his usual fashion, reportedly said that the Buhari government is confused in addressing the challenges Nigeria faces, among other things. Read all about it here.
— Punch Newspapers (@MobilePunch) July 19, 2018
A few reactions
Obasanjo this Obasanjo that, he was in power for 8 years as a Democratic leader , what progress did he make to better the lives of the masses .
— king (@namelezzme) July 19, 2018
Everytime i go to 1004 i remember how obasanjo illegally sold off peoples homes to his cronies. Despite court orders.
So when he comes and want to play messiah i laugh at the people that fall for his scam
— OSI. (@Osi_Suave) July 19, 2018
I don't know why we Nigerians, most especially the media keep making Obasanjo feel he has this larger than life personality? For Christ sake, he's part of the problem.
Can we just come together in one accord, and tell this old man to keep shut for once.
— SAPIOSEXUAL (@Mazimum_) July 19, 2018
My Daddy said that Obasanjo is right. pic.twitter.com/6DDshrCv9A
— Iba Ella of Asaba🇳🇬 (@Slyadeniyi) July 19, 2018
Obasanjo has a right to have his say. Disprove him with your facts and actions, and not by going down memory or applying the "envy"/"hate" angle.
— Toluwalope OSAIGBOVO #FuelMgt #BizDev #Projects (@tholu_osa2) July 20, 2018
Not a big fan of him or politics
1. He secured an $18 billion debt relief from the Paris and London clubs and got Nigeria free of debt
2. Obasanjo brought in mobile telecommunications (GSM) into Nigerian which arguably has been the greatest achievement by any Nigerian leader
— LeO.. (@Leo_Udoka) July 19, 2018
Obasanjo is the 'living' ancestor of Nigerian politics...
The only man that can say whatever he likes and won't be put in jail for it... pic.twitter.com/ZoVqPhdHOG
— The Dean of Science (@de_doyin) July 19, 2018
Obasanjo is confused. https://t.co/RjaDJL5kLP
— Amina Bazara (@AminaHussaini6) July 19, 2018
Read more here.
4 eggs, 1 slap
This week, a Twitter shared a short story involving a man, his girlfriend, four eggs and a slap. Read it below.
This egg story is very ridiculous. How can you slap your girl because she wants to fry 4 eggs?
Slap a woman because of N160.
Where do you ladies meet all these foolish men from?
— Sheni Coker (@sheni_coker) July 17, 2018
Slap me because of 4 eggs?! That’s 4 X 40 = 160 naira.... LMAO!!!!! 😭😂🤣😂🤣😭😭😭
I cant even blame him. It’s because the girlfriend chopped the slap and left him with hands to type that nonsense.
I will buy 400 crates and get my nephews and niece to stone him. He’s mad!
— Jemima (@JemimaOsunde) July 17, 2018
Four eggs is gluttony. But a bowl of nkwobi and beer or chicken wings and chips with ice cream is enjoying life. Y'all funny 😂
— E K E T I (@eketiette) July 19, 2018
“He slapped her because of 4 eggs. This is why women should work”
Err no, we’re not working so men won’t slap us. 4 eggs or not, he who’s violent, is violent. Work because responsible adults work. End of.
— A. Onafuye (@FunkeOnafuye) July 17, 2018
7 days make one week
30 days make one month
365 days make one year
4 eggs make one slap pic.twitter.com/E4PP4YyWWl
— President Carter (@psalmcarter) July 17, 2018
Poverty will nor make you slap the love of tour life for eggs IJN amen
— Father Of Creativity 🌹💡🐼🌻 (@mr_lekkyd) July 17, 2018
How many eggs do they use for sacrifice sef.
You want to be eating more than your gods?
— maziibe.eth (@maziibe_) July 17, 2018
More on eggs and slaps here.