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    👍|Why Buhari should ban World Bank now

    HARDLY any difference exists between the action of the World Bank and the social media platform Twitter. Both shut down President Muhammadu Buhari, the World Bank more directly. The President told Nigerians that he had pulled 10.5 million of our compatriots out of poverty in two years as part of a Buhari agenda to rescue 100 million poor Nigerians in the next 10 years. Did you hear the deafening applause of the rescued? Just like Twitter pulling down Buhari’s threat to continue the war against the South East, the World Bank plucked a major star from Buhari’s crown – his claim of being the rede…

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    👍|Again, PDP Reps urge FG to unban Twitter, value…

    The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Caucus in the House of Representatives has again called on the Federal Government to improve Nigeria’s democratic practice by respecting the rule of law and press freedom as well as immediately reversing the suspension of Twitter in the country. The PDP Caucus had last week staged a walkout from the plenary proceedings of the Green Chamber when their attempt to prevail on the Federal Government to lift the suspension on Twitter was turned down by the Speaker of the House. Equally, the Caucus in a statement to mark the June 12 Democracy Day reiterated the nee…

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    👍|#TWITTERBAN: What the indefinite ban of Twitter…

    On the 3rd of June, the Nigerian government via a series of tweets, passed messages that could only be translated as genocidal. That day, a vast majority of Nigerians took to their social media platforms to express displeasure, grief, and ultimately, fear for their lives and loved ones. This fear prompted them to report the tweets, pointing out the number of ways it could spike (tribal) hate, which could progress to war if not checked immediately. In response to the report, Twitter brought down the tweet of the current Nigerian president, noting that there was a violation in its Terms and Cond…

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    👍|Twitter ban: U.S condemns FG’s threat to arrest…

    The United States embassy Ned Price, released a statement on Thursday and also condemned the continued suspension of the Twitter platform. Price said the United States is concerned that the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission ordered all television and radio broadcasters to cease using Twitter. He pointed out that restricting the ability of Nigerians to report, gather, and disseminate opinions and information has no place in a democracy Part of the statement read; “The United States condemns the ongoing suspension of Twitter by the Nigerian government and subsequent threats to arrest and prosecut…

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    👍|How Twitter ban would affect employment in Nigeria

    Twitter deleted a tweet by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, 2nd June 2021 because the tweet violated its policy. Subsequently, the Nigerian Federal Government on Saturday, 5th June 2021 enforced the indefinite suspension of Twitter in Nigeria. The Nigerian Government believes that Twitter has been engaging in activities capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence. There are several arguments for and against the actions of Twitter and the Federal Government of Nigeria. Of course, many of these divergent views are laced with sentiments. Th…

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    👍|FGN-Twitter Duel: One Double Standard Begets An…

    Long after the act must have been undone, it is almost certain that the gust of fumes and dust stirred by the ban on the operations of the microblogging site, Twitter, by the Federal Government of Nigeria will not have cleared away from the Nigerian socio-political space. As expected, the ban, since it was announced, has ignited a deluge of reactions from countless quarters and, given the far-reaching implications of this singular act, one can wager that, no matter how short-lived it eventually turns out to be, interrogation into its whys and wherefores may stay with us for a much longer time….

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    👍|Twitter ban increases Nigeria’s investment host…

    The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced a ban on Twitter, a leading microblogging platform, using a tweet on Friday, June 4, 2021. This ban came after the tech company deleted a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari alleged to convey threatening messages that could incite national violence. Twitter’s move was in line with their corporate stance against “abusive behaviour,” sources from the tech firm reveal. In what seems like a kickback, the Federal Government announced a country-wide ban on using the highly subscribed platform under the guise that it “threatens Nigeria’s corporate exist…

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    👍|Drama as PDP Reps stage walkout from plenary ov…

    There was a mild drama at the resumed plenary of the House of Representatives on Tuesday when some members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Caucus staged a walk-out from the Chamber after the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, ruled their Leader, Kingsley Chinda, out of order on the debate about Twitter ban by the Federal Government. Gbajabiamila had earlier in an address of welcome to members who had been away for zonal hearing on constitutional review, mandated the Committees on Communication, Information, Justice and National Security to investigate the suspension of Twitter and report back t…

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    👍|‘FG’s suspension of twitter usage by broadcasti…

    Tony Abolo, an ace broadcaster on Monday berated the Federal Government for directing all television and radio stations in Nigeria to suspend the use of Twitter, a microblogging platform. Abolo, who spoke to BusinessDay in Benin City, said the action by the Federal Government through the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) “is Decree number 4 of 1984 being modernised in 2021 to clamp down on media houses and suppress freedom of expression.” He further said that the plan was to prevent Nigerians from free access to information, holding the government accountable and controlling the recent co…

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    👍|Twitter Ban: Evading the Law of Unintended Cons…

    I woke up this morning to see that Twitter was trending with multiple terms related to the state of affairs in Nigeria. I found this rather odd and here’s why. I use Twitter more as a listening tool, to keep my finger on the pulse of things. One look at the trending topics, and you could have a summary of current affairs for the day. When I left Nigeria last year, I updated my location on the Twitter app to ‘United States’ as I now wished to be updated on current affairs in the US. Consequently, whenever something significant happened in Nigeria, I learned of it rather late and typically by wo…

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    📱|Google launches programmes to help small busine…

    A series of programmes to support the growth and recovery of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in Africa’s post-COVID economy, and also to help them thrive have been rolled out by Google through the month of June. This forms part of the international Small Business Month, which will have activities such as the launch of a new Google for Small Businesses portal to help small businesses find the solutions and guidance they need to get online and grow. There will also be a series of SMB skills webinars aimed at helping small businesses use digital tools to connect with and grow their custo…

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    👍|GPAAN flays FG’s ban on Twitter, says it violat…

    Members of the Guild of Public Affairs Analysts of Nigeria (GPAAN) have expressed serious concern over the recent ban placed on the use of Twitter in the country by President Muhammadu Buhari as announced by the Minster of Information, Lai Mohammed, describing it as “ill-advised, embarrassing and unconstitutional”. A statement by the President of GPAAN, Ayo Oyoze Baje, said: “It is worthy of note that the ban runs against the grains of Chapter 4, Section 39(1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) which states that: ‘every person shall be entitled to freedom of expression, including the freedo…

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    👍|Ban on Twitter: We stand by our words, Diplomat…

    Ambassadors from the United States, United Kingdom, European Union, Canada and Republic of Ireland have told the Federal Government that they stand by their condemnation of the indefinite suspension of the micro-blogging platform Twitter by President Muhammadu Buhari. The Ambassadors made this known on Monday in the conference room of the Minister Foreign Affairs when they heeded the summon of the Minister, insisting that the ban on Twitter by the Nigerian government violates freedom of expression of Nigerians irrespective of the government’s concerns that the platform was being used to perpet…

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    👍|Beyond the tantrums of a president

    When President Muhammadu Buhari suspended the operations of Twitter, a micro-blogging platform, many Nigerians accused him of throwing temper tantrums and even likened him to a child who took his ball after a trump in a match. However, this is an innate feature of Buhari. The president has always been control-hungry and a top-class dictator waiting to manifest in a democratic era. After taking an active part in Nigeria’s civil war as a soldier assigned to the 1st Division under the command of Lt. Col Mohammed Shuwa, major-general Buhari later clinched power and became the military head of stat…

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    👍|FG summons ambassadors over Twitter ban criticism

    The Federal Government has summoned ambassadors of some countries over their criticism of Nigeria’s indefinite suspension of Twitter operations in the country. The summons was contained in a statement from the office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, made available to journalists on Monday. “I am directed to inform that following the recent ban on Twitter by the Federal Government and press statement issued by some heads of diplomatic missions accredited to Nigeria on the subject matter, the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency, Geoffrey Onyeama, has invit…

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    👍|NTA actively tweeting despite NBC order to dein…

    Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), a government-sponsored agency, is still actively tweeting despite an order by the Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation to every broadcaster to deinstall the Twitter handle. The last tweet by the television house was made at 11:50am on Monday morning, hours after the NBC released its statement in which it claimed the order was in line with Section 2(1) of the NBC Act, which entrusts it with a responsibility to ensure strict adherence to the national laws, rules, and regulations. Read Also: NBC directs broadcast stations to de-install Twitter handles Also importan…

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    👍|FG suspends Twitter’s operations in Nigeria

    The Federal Government has suspended indefinitely the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria. Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed announced the suspension in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday, citing the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence. Read Also: Twitter relaunches verification process: Here is how to get the blue tick Mohammed said the Federal Government has also directed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to immediately commence the process of lice…

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    👍|Buhari’s June 1 tweet retweeted 21,000 times be…

    Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari had his June 1, 2021 tweet deleted by Twitter. In the tweet, Buhari had promised to deal with those trying to destroy his government in the language they understand. That tweet, however, was found to have generated the highest retweets among the president’s posts on Twitter in the last six months. “Many of those misbehaving today are too young to be aware of the destruction and loss of lives that occurred during the Nigerian Civil War. Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand,” Buhari…

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    👍|Facebook recognizes creative talents in Nigeria…

    The West African region has one of the most burgeoning and exciting creative industries in the world. Led by Nigeria and Ghana, these creatives have been able to harness the power of social media platforms to share their craft, tell their stories, express themselves, build communities and livelihoods, connect with like-minded people and reach a truly global audience. The ongoing Facebook Creators campaign which features eight creative artists from Nigeria and Ghana, has been an interesting exposé into the life of some of the creatives, with them sharing insights into their creative process, an…

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    👍|Twitter teams up with Davido to air his 10th an…

    Twitter has announced a special partnership with David “Davido” Adeleke, which will see the talented musician host his first Twitter Space to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his first single and presence in the Nigerian music industry. The Space will take place on Friday, May 14th 2021 at 6:00 pm (WAT), and will be co-hosted by fellow musician and friend, Adekunle “Mayorkun” Mayowa Emmanuel. The partnership has also seen Twitter launch two custom emojis triggered by the hashtags: #DavidoAt10, #TheBaddest10years, #OBOis10, and #Echoke, a popular term coined by the hitmaker himself. On Friday,…

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    👍|Worries as insecurity heightens, takes toll on …

    Among Nigerians, individuals and groups, the worry about the heightening insecurity in the country is deep-seated. One of such groups is a housing development advocacy outfit which is all the more worried as the government seems clueless on the frightening situation. The group, known as Housing Development Advocacy Network (HDAN), says it is deeply concerned about the impact of the security situation on the real estate market and the economy. Apart from reducing the sector’s contribution to national GDP, which is relatively significant, insecurity discourages fresh investment in the country, a…

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    📱|Google offers 40,000 African developers scholar…

    Google is offering scholarships to 40,000 African developers, through the launch of a new partnership with Pluralsight and Andela. It has also announced the opening of applications for the 6th Class of the Google Startups Accelerator programme for 17 countries including Nigeria. The announcements were made during a virtual event today, where Google hosted key industry players, policy leads, startup executives and investors driving the growth of Africa’s tech ecosystem. They reviewed opportunities unfolding throughout the internet economy, paying special attention to the support of developers a…

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    👍|From Jollof to Twitter: Nigeria vs Ghana rivalr…

    It is no more news that US-based social media company Twitter Inc has concluded plans to establish a presence on the African continent in line with its growth strategy. Recall, that , visited Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, and South Africa in 2019 in anticipation of this major expansion and growth strategy. Sadly, to Nigeria and Nigerians, Ghana was announced to host Twitter’s first Africa office. This was communicated in a statement where Twitter Inc described Ghana “as a champion for democracy, a supporter of free speech, online freedom, and the Open Internet.” The social media company joins Face…

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    👍|News Roundup: Twitter snub Nigeria for Ghana, i…

    Twitter chooses Ghana and not Nigeria as first African headquartersIn what came as a disappointment to many Nigerians, twitter announced that it will set up its first Africa base in Ghana. Many Nigerians believe twitter’s decision to snub Nigeria was as a result of the “inconducive business environment” for Twitter choosing Ghana over Nigeria. This might not be far from the truth as Twitter described Ghana “as a champion for democracy, a supporter of free speech, online freedom, and the Open Internet,” majors reason for its choice. Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey capped a whirlwind tour of…

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    👍|Facebook Launches ‘LeadHERs: Life Lessons from …

    As part of its celebration around International Women’s Month, Facebook has announced the launch of ‘LeadHERs: Life Lessons From African Women’, a collection of beautifully inspired stories & life advice from 19 women who are breaking boundaries in fields such as media, entertainment, politics, education and business. Available for free in digital and physical formats, the book provides inspirational real-life stories for future generations and young leaders. Each chapter focuses on a personal experience and life lesson around how these women have navigated their path to success, alongside the…

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    📱|Google pledges $25m to advance girls, women emp…

    Nonprofits and social enterprises creating pathways to prosperity for women and girls in Africa can apply to get part of a $25 million grant by Google, announced today in celebration of the International Women’s Day. With women noted to be bearing disproportional impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic through job losses, and millions of girls not likely to return to school, the initiative will seek to even out some of the odds stacked against women and girls across the continent. Grantees, to be announced later this year, are eligible to receive funding ranging from $300,000 to $2 million. Selected …

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    👍|‘Life Lessons From African Women’ – a Book Spot…

    As part of its celebration around International Women’s Month, Facebook announced the launch of ‘LeadHERs: Life Lessons From African Women’, a collection of beautifully inspired stories & life advice from 19 women who are breaking boundaries in fields such as media, entertainment, politics, education and business. Available for free in digital and physical formats, the book provides inspirational real-life stories for future generations and young leaders. Each chapter focuses on a personal experience and life lesson around how these women have navigated their path to success, alongside the cha…

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    📱|After many threats, Google begins paying for ne…

    In January, Google threatened to make its search engine unavailable in Australia if the government approved legislation that would force tech companies to pay for journalism shared on their platforms. The government went ahead with its plans anyway but Google has now blinked first. Australia’s novel legislation is expected to pass before the end of February and Google is trying to blunt the impact by striking deals of its own with media companies, according to a New York Times report. Some of the deals negotiated are worth tens of millions of dollars a year including one with Australian media …

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    👍|Why you have to need to buy Instagram followers

    Improving your Instagram following can be slightly complicated. Some personalities may desire to grow their marketing or personal Instagram account for different reasons. There are various techniques to increase your Instagram following. If you do it the accurate way, it demands a lot of time, endless dedication and work. The correct way to buying Instagram followers and commitment is to post exceptional content and come up with a smart Instagram purchasing strategy and engage with your following various times a day. Some characters don’t want to take the chance and aim to get dependable Insta…

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    👍|Facebook Libra is coming

    After nearly a year of back and forth with regulators in developed markets, the Libra project by Facebook and its partners may become reality early next year.

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    👍|Ingressive For Good, Facebook partnership to em…

    Ingressive For Good (I4G) has unveiled a digital skills training programme in partnership with Facebook to help African youth leverage digital tools to move their brands and career forward.The I4G Facebook programme covers topics on brand storytelling, community building, advertising, audience discovery, and using digital tools (Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, etc.) to promote yourself and advance in your career.The training is designed for those interested in developing their digital skills for personal or professional reasons. It includes African youths interested in a digital marketing, tech…

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    📱|Google partners Nigerian Tourism Development Co…

    The tourism and hospitality industry has been one of the worst hit in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Google has now announced a partnership with the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) to help the Nigerian tourism sector recover and grow following the pandemic.The partnership will among other things, culminate in a training for small businesses, digital skills initiatives for individuals and the launch of a new Google Arts & Culture collection called ‘Tour Nigeria’.Google Arts & Culture, according to a press statement, has worked with the NTDC over a number of months to cre…