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

May 17, 2019
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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.


Nigerians reacted.

Serves him right

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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

He went through plenty wardrobe changes this week

Then someone found him on Instagram, check out his captions

These followed


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.


Then we saw these;

Mount Zion and Mike Bamiloye began to trend on Twitter Nigeria

No Mike Bamiloye slander will be tolerated

Other reactions

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


Other reactions

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.


Some people agree with him

Other reactions

Okon responds


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.

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.

How does that help?

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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