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Social Media Roundup: Keeping up with the (Nigerian) Kardashians

March 01, 2019 · 9 min read
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Last Saturday, Nigerians took to the polls to vote their choice presidential, Senate and House of Representatives candidates into office, after it was postponed from its intial February 16 proposed date.

As a Nigerian, you must have followed the activities of the elections online, so I’ll not bore you with too many details. If you didn’t, you can still catch up using the #NigeriaDecides and #NigeriaDecides2019 hashtags on social media.

Now, following the election exercise proper, Nigerians were especially interested in the outcome of the presidential race, largely between the All Progressive Congress’ Muhammadu Buhari and the Peoples Democratic Party’s Atiku Abubakar.

The collation process

Alongside the televised collation process, the Indepedent National Electoral Commission (INEC) provided social media updates of the result. Find them on the the INEC official Twitter page here.

A few reactions;

The three Kardashian sisters of the north

Also known as the states with the highest number of voters. Coincidentally, their names the letter k, just like the famous Kardashian sisters.

https://twitter.com/Ekwulu3/status/1100078184761098240

President Buhari was declared the winner

Reactions;

Atiku to challenge the election result in court

Reactions;

https://twitter.com/EmekaGift/status/1101068967651827713

Other reactions

https://twitter.com/JohnAshbourne/status/1100699703170252800

Pictures of the President and Vice President receiving their certificates of return;

https://twitter.com/SubDeliveryZone/status/1100765283076182022

Alongside reactions to Nigeria’s general elections, other interesting events occured on social media during the course of this week. Read about a few of them below.

Kevin Hart discovered Eli

This is probably the best news to come out of social media this week. It all started when Eli Waduba Yusuf, a Kaduna-based hyperrealism pencil artist posted a drawing of famous American comedian and actor Kevin Hart on Twitter.

In the tweet (below), he pleaded with fellow tweeps to help him get the American’s attention.

Kevin eventually saw it and he replied;

Reactions;

https://twitter.com/Marapolsa/status/1100837100797218816

Nigerian celebrities, are you seeing your mate?

https://twitter.com/gucchijones/status/1101114322368061440

https://twitter.com/Drey_Lo/status/1100837169319550977

Nigerians being Nigerians

Others inspired by Eli

Other reactions

Read more here.

Dangote is now the 64th richest man in the world

Aliko Dangote, Nigeria and Africa’s richest man is now according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, the 64th richest man in the world. Dangote apparently jumped 39 positions from his 103rd position last year.

Dangote’s rise to the 64th position was triggered within a 24 hour period as he reportedly gained $5.58 billion on Monday this week, in addition to the $9.63 billion recorded on January 1, 2019.

This pegged the billionaire’s net worth at $16.6 billion on Tuesday.

Reactions

God, when?

These

https://twitter.com/Brodah_Ayo/status/1101112802415165440

Other reactions

https://twitter.com/El_tiger_29111/status/1101037025606750209

https://twitter.com/r3al____AJ/status/1101034730164752384

Read more here.

Ghana gets a new “Minister of State at the Office of the President”

Yesterday February 28, the Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo did a cabinet reshuffle, reassigning a few of his ministers.

Former Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts Catherine Afeku’s reassignment stood out because she was reassigned to the role of Minister of State at the Office of the President, a demotion according to many Ghanaians’ reactions.

Reactions

No, not Catherine

Other reactions

https://twitter.com/SenaAffadu/status/1101341282889273344

Read more reactions here.

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