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Social Media Roundup: African Giant

November 22, 2019 · 10 min read
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In September, following Xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other African nationales in South Africa, Nigerian music star Burna Boy threatened to boycott the country.

About two months after his threat, Burna boy was set to take the stage in South Africa this month but it was cancelled following threats of violence from some South Africans who haven’t forgotten Burna’s comments.

While this news spread, The Grammy Awards released the nominee list for its 62nd edition scheduled for January 2020. Burna Boy’s African Giant album was nominated in the Best World Music Album category.

Reactions;

Congratulations African giant!

https://twitter.com/SavvyRinu/status/1197238457510305793?s=20

Nigeria to the world!

https://twitter.com/Chubiei/status/1197242495857577984?s=20

Bring it home!

https://twitter.com/adekunleGOLD/status/1197168018113126401?s=20

Some AKA slander

Other reactions

https://twitter.com/PoliceNGfaux/status/1197230566732488704?s=20

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15 million Nigerians

Earlier this week, The Punch published an interview with Fahad Al Taffaq, the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Nigeria. In the Interview, the ambassador revealed that more than 15 million tourists visited Dubai, the emirate of the UAE, in 2018.

However, the publication shared the article on Twitter with a caption and headline that suggested that 15 million Nigerians visited Dubai in 2018. This attracted a backlash, causing the publication to take down the tweet.

Reactions;

What a misleading headline

Some people didn’t read beyond the headline though

https://twitter.com/Blaaq_ie/status/1196446991796056065?s=20

Other reactions

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Say no to Social Media Bill

A proposed bill to regulate the use of social media in Nigeria dubbed the “Social Media Bill” was read on the floor of the National Assembly for the second time on Wednesday this week.

The bill, ‘Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulations Bill, 2019,’ sponsored by Mohammed Musa was introduced in the Senate two weeks ago.

To get an idea of the extent of the impact of this bill, should it be passed into law, on the freedom of expression on social platforms, read the screenshots below;

Read the thread here.

FYI

https://twitter.com/That_IjebuBadoo/status/1197816545176621056?s=20

A few reactions

#SayNoToSocialMediaBill

https://twitter.com/FeralJack_/status/1197830951612624896?s=20

Other reactions

Check this;

Read the thread for your Senator’s contact details here and more reactions here.

No chicken in Chicken Republic

This week, we got gist that certain outlets of the Nigerian quick service restaurant chain Chicken Replubic ran out of chickens.

These people went to confirm

Reactions

https://twitter.com/Frank_LeanXV/status/1196482966609944576?s=20

https://twitter.com/tolutezzy_/status/1196483603821211650?s=20

This is Nigeria!

These

https://twitter.com/_dr90210/status/1196410822718832641?s=20

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