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Here are Connect Nigeria’s top 10 social media influencers of 2020.
DJ SwitchObianuju Katherine Udeh, popularly known as DJ Switch, gained recognition for her timely footage of the Lekki massacre on the night of 20 October 2020. With the footage and her irrefutable claims of the events that took place that day, DJ Switch became the major driving force behind the attention the #EndSARS movement has received worldwide.
FalzAs someone who is no stranger to activism, the #EndSARS movement was another opportunity for singer Falz to strive for a better Nigeria. In addition to leading protests and meeting with police officers, his explosive interview with CNN’s Christine Amanpour was also a catalyst for the attention the #EndSARS movement received globally.
Aisha YesufuBeing a socio-political activist and the co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls Movement, Aisha was at the forefront of the #EndSars movement leading protests and granting interviews with relevant bodies. Furthermore, her iconic Twitter post showing her keeling and raising one hand served as a symbol of strength for #EndSARS protesters around the country.
SegalinkIn 2018, Segun Awosanya, popularly known as Segalink convened the#EndSARS campaign which led to the overhaul of the department of special anti-robbery squad known as SARS by the Nigerian government. He has devoted his life to ensuring that the rights of Nigerian citizens are protected. His involvement in the #EndSARS movement this year, albeit controversial, has positively impacted many youths in Nigeria.
The Feminist CoalitionThe Feminist Coalition was one of the several organisations that provided financial and moral support to #EndSARS protesters.
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Through protests, campaigns, and social media awareness, the Feminist Coalition successfully raised over N30 million which were used first aid, masks, hospital bills, food, water, legal aid, and more for protesters.
Temie Giwa TubosunKnown for her significant efforts in combatting blood shortage in Nigeria, Temie Giwa Tubuson, founder of the One Percent Project and Lifebank, took tremendous steps in promoting coronavirus testing in Lagos. FollOwing attempts to raise awareness about the pandemic, she launched two mobile drive-through centres to boost coronavirus testing in Lagos. According to her, she was spurred to launch the testing centres after concluding that Nigeria’s testing capacity was low. “I read too much about the virus and got anxious. I realised that testing was a problem so I started to think up ways to get more people tested for the virus,” she told CNN.
John ObidiInterestingly, John Obidi appeared on Avance Media’s list of 100 Most Influential Young Nigerians in 2017. As the founder of SmartBCamp, a community that levels the playing field for professionals across the country, Obidi utilised social media efficiently to engage youths during the coronavirus lockdown. Through podcasts and live sessions, he helped enlighten young individuals on the importance of developing skills and careers that will be relevant in the new world post-COVID.
Tomie BalogunIn a time when financial investments are more crucial than ever, Tomie Balogun, a Certified Financial Educational Instructor (CFEI), has risen to the occasion to educate individuals on the importance of investing for the future and making smart financial decisions. Given the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy, Balogun leveraged social media this year to share ideas and opportunities for people looking to invest their money in profitable ventures.
Dipo AwojidePopularly known as Dr Dipo on Twitter, Dipo Awojide helps to enlighten youths on ways in which they can advance their careers amid unfavourable conditions in the country. His podcasts, post, and live sessions provide insightful tips on topics such as student visas, immigration, curriculum, and more.
Aproko DoctorAproko Doctor is a Twitter influencer who is known for helpful health nuggets and facts. Since the coronavirus pandemic began, his Twitter account has helped in spreading awareness and educating the public on safety measures to take. Featured Image Source: Information Guide Africa
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