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Founder @WestAfricaWeek. Purveyor of words @BusinessDayNG. Retired hurricane. 2020 People Journalism Prize for Africa winner.
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Jan 16,
It's clear what she should do, so I want to do a thread to speak to the guy's mindset and why it is a trap, using myself 11 years ago as a case in point.

This is a story I've never publicly told before, but I'm creating a space to help men process their feelings.

Thread👇🏿 11 years ago in 2011, I got a woman pregnant.

We met at Hull Uni during my final year, and it was what you might call a whirlwind romance. She was from a town in Zimbabwe called Kwekwe, and she was 2 years older than me.

We were the definition of "opposites attract."
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Jan 13,
Twitter has given NO concession to the Nigerian government and I can't believe people are falling for the narrative that it has.

The "access to Twitter's backend" thing is based entirely on this section from the press release sent out to media last night (Photo 1)

THREAD: That statement "The Partner Support Portal provides a direct channel for government officials and Twitter staff to manage prohibited
content" is false.

ONLY Twitter staff can manage content under the PSP. It didn't take me 5 minutes to find this out.
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Jan 2,
They can buy all the 4K UHD cameras and expensive lighting in the world. They can attend New York Film Academy and learn the swivels and flourishes of movie making.

But as long as they refuse to pay for quality script writing, their movies will continue to be trash. The only reason King Of Boys is a unicorn is Kemi Adetiba's individual writing genius.

If she did not take personal responsibility to think up a genuinely interesting storyline and spend years fleshing it out, it would have been just another bit of shiny neo-Nollywood nonsense.
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Dec 31, 2021
I'm not sure where this narrative that "Nigeria does not promote other African music" is suddenly coming from, because I know FOR A FACT that this is NOT true.

A little thread with some facts and some anecdotes that I hope will provide some insight to cut through this myth. I used to work for BHM, which was Viacom Africa's PR agency, so I had an inside view of much of Africa's contemporary industry.

This guy - the person who pitched MTV Base Africa to his bosses at Viacom USA, and built it from the ground up was Alex Okosi - a Nigerian. Image
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Dec 22, 2021
Always funny when a victim of injustice voices out, only to later reverse themselves, as if that apology will change anything with their oppressors.

Someone has stolen the streaming rights for what could be the only hit record you will ever make, and you're apologising lol🌚 People - Nigerians especially - seem not to understand that when you go to war, you must be prepared to sacrifice everything. You don't start a war on the side of justice, then pull out midway through. That makes you a joke.

Stand up for yourself or cower. You have to choose one
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Dec 21, 2021
A big takeaway from all this is that upcoming creative talents should lean more on the internet creative ecosystem and less on these parasitic middlemen.

There are artists like Chance The Rapper and Ahmir who have made millions of dollars without a record deal or a "helper." Using just YouTube, Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer and social media, these guys built themselves into multimillion dollar brands without signing themselves into slavery in the name of "A&R" this and "record label" that.

The internet is coming for middlemen in the creative space!
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Dec 21, 2021
If you're as big as you claim to be, you shouldn't need to rip off upcomers in the name of "helping" them. If you want to help, help and be reasonable about it. If you don't want to help, free them. Don't be an agbaya.

How I hate this Portable vs Poco Lee story. Once you're in a creative space in Nigeria, everyone is just hovering around you like a tsetse fly hoping to take a bite out of you.

The concept of noblesse oblige is completely nonexistent. Just a bunch of agbayas sitting on people's heads. Disgusting and tiresome.
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Dec 21, 2021
I remember when "Africans have natural immunity" was rubbish pseudoscience on par with claiming the earth is flat.

Now, because of the "be afraid of Omicron" scare campaign, this is now apparently an accurate scientific statement.

Very interesting. "The only reliable data on Omicron comes from South Africa and it shows that it is significantly less dangerous than prior variants, which doesn't suit the narrative we want.

What shall we do?

I know!
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Dec 20, 2021
A lot of modern Africans have this weird need to derive their self esteem from the alleged greatness of their ancestors instead of from their own achievements.

That's why anything that they feel presents said ancestors in an unflattering way feels like a personal attack on them. That's why to date, even though Badagry literally exists and you can stroll in and observe the very well preserved relics of the trans Atlantic slave trade anytime, some people on this website are ready to detonate suicide belts if you tell them that our ancestors sold slaves.
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Dec 20, 2021
Lol not a proud BMC account offering opinions about my journalism. You, which work do you do? Lick Buhari's anal sphincter on Twitter all day?

Ashawo no bi work o When I took a trans continental flight and traveled 11 hours by road including this illegal border crossing at Elubo to get into Cote d'Ivoire to gather information on the story that became Itunu Babalola, I suppose that was "Google" as well.
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Dec 19, 2021
If people migrated to Lagos centuries before countries known as "Nigeria", "Benin Republic", "Togo" and "Ghana" existed, why do you refer to them in 2021 as "Ghanaians" and "Togolese"?

Why don't you apply this standard to Muhammadu Buhari? Isn't he "Nigerien" by that standard? Or why didn't you call General Sani Abacha a "Chadian"? Why don't you call Godswill Akpabio a "Cameroonian"? Why do you reserve this casual form of bigotry for indigenous Lagosians who have been there centuries before uplanders like your forebears started migrating to Lagos?
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Dec 12, 2021
When these things were happening between 2015 and 2019, we were all here on Twitter. Certain people were justifying terrorism and saying that it was the dead people's fault for not accommodating Fulani cows.

They voted for more of this in 2019, and did so gleefully and knowingly 17 months to the purported handover in May 2023, these people have now discovered camera phones that they can record themselves crying into, and Internet connections they can use to upload the tears.

Did these terrorists only start raping and killing in 2021? Why the tears now?
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Dec 10, 2021
This is an outdated view that even most journalists no longer subscribe to. Absolute objectivity does not exist and it is dishonest to pretend that it does.

Media platforms are also content curators, and they are expected to use that power to decide who or what gets airtime. If not, you would have absolutely anything and everything being platformed on TV and radio.

How about flat earthers? KKK Grand Wizards? Conspiracy theorists who believe the earth is run by giant alien lizards? Human cannibals? Do these lot also deserve airtime?
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Dec 3, 2021
This is Keren-Happuch Aondodoo Akpagher, a 14 year-old student of Premiere Academy, Lugbe, Abuja who died of sepsis earlier this year.

A used condom was found inside her. The school has successfully stonewalled and prevented all information from emerging. I know because I tried. Her mom is on my WhatsApp and I lose the will to live everytime she puts up a story, because it's always about her daughter.

This is her current profile picture where she is pleading with fellow parents and other students to speak up. So far, nothing.
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Dec 2, 2021
Nobody is passing judgment, but I remember 20 years ago in JSS1, my French teacher called Madam Oni punished a classmate called Ikenna Onwumere by wiping the chalkboard with the duster and then dusting his face with it.

Ikenna was asthmatic. And she knew. She then made him walk from the classroom to the sick bay by himself while he started having an attack, and we could only sit and watch it happen.

Madam Oni was never prosecuted, fired or even reprimanded by the school. She died last year and I was seeing flowery condolences.
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Dec 2, 2021
When I wrote this thread in September, I had no idea that one of the biggest agricultural industry stories in Nigeria's history was 2 months away. One of the recommendations here was the use of partnerships.

Then this happened. This is quite possibly the single biggest partnership between food processors in Sub Saharan Africa, and I’m tempted to ignore talking about the potential upsides to toot my own prescient horn.🙃

We're keeping it professional, so here's what this merger means for the industry
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Nov 30, 2021
The LASG whitepaper on the Lagos #EndSARS judicial panel report in pictures. A thread. ImageImageImageImage ImageImageImageImage
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Nov 29, 2021
The science I grew up learning was a boring, reliable, opinion-free, globally constant entity. Pi was 3.14 whether you lived in Beruit or London or Bulawayo.

Now we have celebrity scientists eho hold contradictory positions and people who say things like "Trust the science."🤷🏿‍♂️ I grew up learning that science existed to be constantly challenged, and scientific fact could only be established using the "scientific method" as against consensus and "because I said so."

Maybe the rules have changed since then, I don't know.
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Nov 17, 2021
I have a lot of questions about this. First of all, why has @SecBlinken removed Nigeria from this list of religious freedom violators? That placement was one of @SecPompeo's last actions in office.

What has changed in Nigeria since November 2020? state.gov/religious-free… Second, why is the public link to this press release on the @StateDept website broken? Why did I have to go hunting through the newsroom section to find it, and why does the URL show that the press release has been deleted?
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Nov 14, 2021
I have just received a message from Cote d'Ivoire about Itunu Babalola. She is still in prison in Abidjan where she has contracted a serious infection and apparently she is dying.

All those promises by NIDCOM, Abike Dabiri, OYSG etc - audio.

She's finally dying. For those who don't know, this is Itunu's story.
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Nov 13, 2021
One of the most profitable internet grifts I've observed since 2011 is when an African living in Africa starts courting diaspora African audiences who have read some Walter Rodney and imagine they've figured out why Africa is underdeveloped.

It's so predictable and so funny. The diaspora people (usu. 1st & 2nd gens in Europe and North America) make the fundamental mistake of extrapolating the petty racisms they face daily, to global geopolitics and economics.

Tim in Accounts making a racist joke = The White Man oppressing Africans globally🌚
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