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August 14, 2018

‘Go and fight snake that swallowed N36m’ – Ghanaians tell Buhari

Ghanaian citizens, particularly social media users have descended on President Muhammadu Buhari over his promise to help Ghana in its fight against corruption. Buhari had during his visit to Ghana on her 61st Independence Anniversary celebrations, which held at the Independence Square, promised to help the country in its fight against corruption. His pledge, however, did not go down well with some of the citizens, who wondered why Buhari, whose country was ranked 148th most corrupt country in the world could help Ghana in fighting corruption with his own unending corruption load in Nigeria. The angry citizens asked the Nigerian…

Rumour mongering as fuel for crisis

Rumour mongering on the increase on social media

It is true that there is no smoke without fire and that in any “rumour”, so to speak, there is always an element of truth. However, the quantum of damage false rumours have wrecked on Nigeria’s socio-political and economic life is better imagined than described. Among other evils, it leads to unnecessary crisis, fear and apprehension in a nation where insecurity looms large already.   This has worsened, since the present era of information explosion through the social media – cell phones, Whatsapp, Twitter, Facebook, Imo, Viber etc which have come within the reach of practically everyone. The social media…

“GAMBLING: THE NEW SOCIAL ILL” – A REJOINDER

Let me use this medium to react to the editorial in The Leader newspaper of Sunday, June 5 2016 (p.2) with the above caption. After a careful perusal of the write-up, I quickly deduced that the writer wrote from the point of view of gambling and not lottery. Gambling and lottery are quite opposed to one another. For the sake of clarity, let us try to define the two concepts. The Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary defined gamble as playing games of chance, etc. for money. It further described gamble as risking money by investing in something. This same source defined…

Our major challenge as teenage comedians – Mark Angel & Emmanuella

Mark Angel and Emmanuella are hilarious duo making waves in the entertainment industry. The young, online comedians open up to TS Weekend about their career, challenges and future expectations. Could you tell us your names? Emmanuella: My name is Samuel Emmanuella Mark: My name is Mark Angel. That is my real name, not just a stage name even though I used to bear Ebere. Mark Angel is my real name. Okay, Mark Angel, tell us about your family background? Mark: The background of my family is bush, bush, bush… How do you mean? Mark: I grew up in Port Harcourt,…

Alleged plan to bomb Owerri: Don’t panic, we’re on top of the situation – Police

Security has been beefed up in and around Owerri, the Imo State capital, following alleged threats of terrorists attack reported in the social media. This assurance was contained in a Press Release by the Imo State Police Command, signed by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Andrew Enwerem. The Command said that its “attention has been drawn to an Audio Recorded message circulating in the Social Media by a faceless whistle blower informing the citizenry of a planned attack on the World Bank, Douglas Road, Government House, Central Mosque, Relief Market etc by unknown individuals”. The release assured Imo…

The Freedom Of Expression, Internet Content Restrictions, Jurisdiction, Law And Politics (1)

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

You are welcome to an argument in which perhaps your views are likely to be ignored or irrelevant unless it agrees with what I h ave to say; that the freedom of expression is an inalienable constitutional right that no law can take away without adverse consequences to society. In recent times, the local media was on fire with the news of a law in the pipeline by the National Assembly to restrict internet content and punishing offenders for purported infringements. No doubt we are fast approaching an era of criminal libel to protect the best wishes of elected and…

Odenigbo Lecture: How social media can be used to increase reach (2)

  ICT, internet, social media have all come to stay whether we like it or no. It’s now left for us to make maximum use of it in our different fields of endeavor. In this case, it is evangelism and promotion of Igbo language. The Pope preaches and practices this. His English twitter handle, @pontifex is currently followed by 4.4miilion people! It means that number of people get to benefit from His blessings, proclamations and knowledge each time he sends out a single tweet. They don’t have to wait for his Sunday Mass or Angelus to do this. His tweet…

Odenigbo Lecture: How social media can be used to increase reach

  The 2014 Archdiocesan day celebration has come and gone but the memories and impact it made on so many participants especially first time participants will linger for a very long time. Talking of first timers, I am one of them. I have always had the desire to participate but one reason or another have always made me miss attending. However, in 2014, I made a personal promise to myself to attend the two days event no matter what happened. I never regretted that decision. My decision was partly because I had a burning desire to see and also be…