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Social Media Roundup: How Guccy Branch became a social media sensation

May 17, 2019 · 12 min read
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Last week Friday, we heard that Nigerian musician and Am I a Yahoo boy crooner  Naira Marley was arrested by officers of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Lagos for cyber fraud, alongside Zlatan Ibile and three others.

This week, while the others have been released on bail, Naira Marley remains in EFCC custody and will be arraigned on an 11-count charge next week Monday.

https://twitter.com/SubDeliveryZone/status/1129116312230404096

Nigerians reacted.

Serves him right

https://twitter.com/MyGanjaMind/status/1129221720202731520

https://twitter.com/_Sufy2/status/1129154264662720513

Read more reactions here.

Naira Marley’s predicament aside, the real star of the story is Guccy Branch, one of the young men arrested alongside the artiste.

Incase you don’t know who Guccy Branch is;

He started out as a meme last week

https://twitter.com/pure9jamusic/status/1127027165671952385

https://twitter.com/Timmy_ally1/status/1126939441254346752

He went through plenty wardrobe changes this week

https://twitter.com/wandelakanu/status/1128030092054102016

https://twitter.com/TheReke_/status/1128348908609052673

https://twitter.com/SirOscarRomero/status/1128291373894000641

Then someone found him on Instagram, check out his captions

These followed

https://twitter.com/phunkeyfunny/status/1128347906304557056

https://twitter.com/DemonLomoLatile/status/1128289690178793472

#GuccyBranchCaptionChallenge

https://twitter.com/BiyiThePlug/status/1128016207620259840

https://twitter.com/PhantomIsGuilty/status/1128231028475219968

Read on for other trending topics on social media this week.

Of Netflix’s Lucifer, Mike Bamiloye and Mount Zion Films Production

On Monday this week, Joshua Bamiloye, son of Mike Bamiloye — popular Nigerian gospel actor and producer and founder of Mount Zion Films Production — took to Twitter to share his opinion on popular Netflix series, Lucifer. Find it below.

Read the entire thread here.

Reactions

https://twitter.com/UyaiWilliamUkpe/status/1128532491306983426

Then we saw these;

Mount Zion and Mike Bamiloye began to trend on Twitter Nigeria

https://twitter.com/iSlimfit/status/1128357140924698624

https://twitter.com/realdanielemeka/status/1128394666460811265

No Mike Bamiloye slander will be tolerated

https://twitter.com/solaadio/status/1128278153737142277

Other reactions

https://twitter.com/theofficialFEMI/status/1128401091165601792

https://twitter.com/solaadio/status/1128913580290662401

Read more reactions here.

John Otieno is trending in Kenya

Following the ongoing crackdown on suspected fake gold merchants ordered by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, billionaire business man John Otieno was arrested yesterday in his palatial Nairobi suburban home.

Apparently, John Otieno is well known for his fake gold scam and was even arrested two years ago for “obtaining money by pretending to be in a position to export gold from Kenya to foreign countries,” according to reports.

Kenyans react

https://twitter.com/CisNyakundi/status/1128924793129119744

Updates!

Other reactions

https://twitter.com/Denogrant_/status/1128929311501750273

https://twitter.com/Kamugenius/status/1128963167965593600

https://twitter.com/Itsofficial_ty/status/1129002055408992256

Read more here.

Okon Lagos’s opinion on the #AbujaRaidOnWomen

If you recall, two weeks ago, 70 women were arrested in Abuja by officers of the Nigerian Police Force and accused of prostitution. We later heard news that some the women were raped by police officers while in custody.

These caused an uproar on social media, giving rise to the #SayHerNameNigeria campaign. Anyway, this week popular Nollywood actor and comedian Ime Bishop Umoh popularly known as Okon Lagos had a rather controversial opinion on the issue. Watch the video below.

https://twitter.com/unclexofficial/status/1128636402399358976

Reactions

Some people agree with him

https://twitter.com/arinzeesq/status/1128891703862149121

Other reactions

Okon responds

https://twitter.com/BrotherParody/status/1128886477516091392

Reactions;

Read more reactions here.

Ban Sniper!

This past Sunday, a Nigerian Twitter user named Segun hinted at his plans to commit suicide at 9 PM on that day.

https://twitter.com/TweetsOfSHEGUN/status/1127589569732513792

By 9 PM, he started a Twitter Live broadcast where he mixed some milk with Sniper — popular Nigerian pesticide brand — and drank the mixture. Luckily, he was taken the hospital before any serious damage was done. He’s said to be receiving professional help.

A few days after, we heard the story of Chukwemeka Akachi, a student of the University of Nigeria (UNN) who posted a suicide note on Facebook and reportedly downed two bottles Sniper afterwards. Unfortunately, Emeka could not be saved.

These stories and others circulating social media at the time had some Nigerians pushing for the Nigerian government to place a ban on Sniper.

https://twitter.com/SamEba_/status/1129022568999063552

https://twitter.com/yemitwist/status/1127986338903547905

How does that help?

https://twitter.com/iam_leoralph/status/1128965588695552000

Let’s start paying more attention to mental health instead

Other reactions

Read more here. If you’re battling with depression, please talk to someone and get professional help. Look after your mental health, I am rooting for you.

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