Algorithms, bots and elections in Africa: How social media influences political choices

May 4, 2022 Blueprint 0

The rise in the use of smartphones and an increased adoption of mobile internet in Africa are fundamentally altering the media ecology for election campaigns. As mobile phones become commonplace, even in Africa’s poorest countries, the uptake of social media has become ubiquitous. Applications like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, WhatsApp and blogs form an integral part of today’s political communication landscape Read More

2022: APC National women conference unveils social media hashtag, kicks off

January 18, 2022 Blueprint 0

Organisers of the All Progressive Congress (APC) National Women’s conference have unveiled the hashtag for its 2022 edition. According to the organisers, the use of social media will expand the publicity reach. “The chosen hashtag is #OneVoiceStrongerTogether” the Media and Publicity Chair, PNWC 2022, Abike Dabiri, said in a statement. The statement read, “We are launching the hashtag to push Read More

Use internet wisely, group tells students

December 16, 2021 Blueprint 0

A non-governmental organisation, The Pleasant Gathering Digest, has called on students to make proper use of the internet instead of indulging in watching pornographic films. The group encouraged students to organise reading clubs in schools to improve their academics and advised the students to use their android phones to browse the internet to search for things relevant to their studies. Read More

In Kuwait, club sacks Mikel Obi

November 5, 2021 Agency Report 0

Former Super Eagles midfielder is now without a club just months after leaving the Bet 365 stadium for the middle-east in Kuwait. Kuwait Sporting Club have sacked former Super Eagles captain John Mikel Obi just months after he signed a contract with the side. Mikel joined Kuwait SC from Stoke City in the summer transfer window, but the middle-east club have Read More

What to expect as youth ministry powered National Youth Conference gets underway

October 30, 2021 Editor 0

It is two days to the much anticipated National Youth Conference (NYC) organised by the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development (FMYSD), billed to commence on 1st November and end on Wednesday, 3rd November, 2021. Unlike other conferences of its ilk, what sets this apart from is that it is largely private sector driven, with Nigeria’s development partners playing Read More

2023: Anyim declares for Presidency

Former Secretary to Federal Government, Anyim Pius Anyim, has finally declared his intention to contest for the post of President come 2023. Anyim made his intentions known while speaking to Journalists on Saturday. Anyim, a former Senate President, noted that he would contest for the presidency under the Umbrella of the Peoples Democratic Party not minding where it would be Read More

Breaking: 2 dead as DSS operatives suffer attack in Anambra, 1 week to governorship poll

October 29, 2021 Editor 0

Gunmen on Friday ambushed operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) and killed two Friday in Anambra. The bloody incident happened about one week to scheduled governorship election in the state which has recently turned hot bird for all sorts of criminalities. Talking about the attack, the officers were attacked as gunmen ambushed their convoy while on election campaign Read More

Celebrity mess, netizens and future generations

October 28, 2021 Victoria Ngozi Ikeano 0

If you were to stumble unto conversations by Nigerian teenagers, youths generally, in any of our big cities, you would notice that they centre principally on celebrity scandals. You would see them giggling as though intoxicated, as they give a minute by minute, detailed account of such scandals. And while you would shudder at the unsavoury details, they would consider Read More

Osinbajo’s supporters fault ‘fake’ analysts, commentators over 2023 presidential poll

October 27, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, a group loyal to the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on the platform of Osinbajo Support Movement (OSM) has faulted some comments and analysis made by some commentators against the ambition of the Vice President. The group raised concern over attempts by various acclaimed social media influencers to act under the guise of analysis, free Read More

NYSC deploys 1,101 members to Yobe

October 26, 2021 Najib Sani 0

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has deployed 1, 101 members to Yobe state in the 2021 batch C , stream I mobilization. Our correspondent reports that of the 1, 101 posted to the state under the batch, 658 are males while 443 are female graduates from different institutions in the country. Speaking while swearing in the newly deployed NYSC Read More

Social media, blessing or curse?

October 25, 2021 Blueprint 0

It’s crystal clear that everything that exists on earth has reason(s) for its existence. This is the reason behind our being here. The era when different facilities that made life easy, like the use of donkey by our forefathers, had gone. We are now in the age where everything is computerised. Without social media, people would have to continue to Read More

Osemedua wants Nigerians to leverage on social media to create rippling effects

October 20, 2021 Blueprint 0

Centrestage Live Conference host and also an online influencer Naomi Osemedua, has tasks Nigerians to emulate her by leveraging social media to create rippling effects of positive impact in society. Speaking to journalists during a media parley after the conference themed ‘Changing the African narrative through the power of story-telling’ in Abuja, she explained that she deployed the power of Read More

Group protests ‘blackmail’ of Buhari’s appointees, demand arrest

October 20, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A pressure group based in the Federal Capital Territory, Coalition for Good Governance and Change Initiative (CGGCI) has staged protest against some persons allegedly trying to blackmail President Muhammad Buhari through his appointees. According to the group, those making the attempts were targeting key appointees of the president using fake news. Staging a protest Wednesday in Abuja, the group urged Read More

2023: Peter Obi breaks silence as presidential campaign posters flood social media

October 15, 2021 Blueprint 0

Former vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said he never endorsed 2023 Presidential campaign posters that went viral on Social Media. Obi, in a statement via his Twitter page, denied approving or authorising the publications of such posters adding that he was not affiliated to any group or groups behind the creation/distribution of the posters. “I Read More

Ebonyi indigenes demand release of detained Journalist over Facebook post

October 13, 2021 Editorial II 0

The Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora (AESID) has faulted the state government of Engr David Umahi, for implementing Cybercrime Prohibition Law in the state without a public hearing. The group however, demanded immediate release of a Radio presenter, Godfrey Chikwere, arrested and detained over a Facebook post on the order of the state government. In a statement Read More

Global voices and the criminalisation of Chinese entrepreneurs

October 11, 2021 Dr. Austin Maho 0

In the August 31, 2021, article in the “Global Voices” an online publication. there was a piece by one Nwachukwu Egbunike title: “Chinese firms in Nigeria face widespread labour abuse allegations, tainting bilateral relationship” This piece is a response to the article, because it falls within the growing spat of misinformation about China and the Chinese which is fuelled mostly Read More

Corruption: NSCDC alleges smear campaign against Comptroller General

October 11, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The management of Nigeria security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has raised an alarm of smear campaign against its Comptroller General Ahmed Abubakar Audi. An online media report had reported allegation of fraud and massive corruption against the person of the Commandant General. But in a statement released Monday in Abuja by the Corps spokesman Olusola Odumosu, denied the allegation. Read More

Happening now: New billionaire owners complete Newcastle takeover as club becomes richest at Premier League

October 7, 2021 Editor 0

Newcastle United are under new Saudi ownership after a £300million deal was agreed with Mike Ashley and signed off by the Premier League.    The takeover was stopped in its tracks by a piracy dispute between the Gulf state and its Premier League broadcast partner beIN Sports, but that was settled earlier this week, paving the way for the takeover to be completed. Read More

Titan Trust Bank: 2 years of service with power and pride

October 7, 2021 Opeyemi Dabiri 0

On October 4, 2021, one of the fastest growing financial service providers in Nigeria, Titan Trust Bank Limited, celebrated two years of its existence.  Established with a mission to take advantage of the identified gaps in the banking sector and address the unmet needs of the retail mass market, SMEs and corporates, Titan Trust Bank, has continued to provide seamless Read More

Reps probe NYSC over ransom advice to corps members

September 28, 2021 Joshua Egbodo 0

The House of Representatives has ordered investigation into alleged suggestion by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), that corps members keep family members prepared for ransom payment, in case they get kidnapped, especially when traveling along some roads in Nigeria. The said suggestion was contained in a security tips pamphlet reportedly issued to prospective corps members by the NYSC, a Read More

Why Bello should be Nasarawa APC chairman

September 20, 2021 Rayyanu Bala 0

Without any doubt, Hon Aliyu Bello is, indeed, a metaphor for Nasarawa politics especially in the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state. Ever since he ventured into partisan politics, precisely three decades ago, Aliyu Bello, the Sardaunan Adogi, is always on the march, never looking back. His political elegance has placed him far ahead of his contemporaries. Little wonder, Read More

Breaking: Power sharing tussle tears Taliban leaders apart

September 15, 2021 BBC 0

A major row broke out between leaders of the Taliban just days after they set up a new government in Afghanistan, senior Taliban officials told the BBC. Supporters of two rival factions reportedly brawled at the presidential palace in the capital Kabul. The argument appeared to centre on who did the most to secure victory over the US, and how Read More

How social media fuels divorce

September 10, 2021 Blueprint 0

Nowadays, the news of divorce cases is no longer surprising as many people often set countdown clocks with the celebration of every marriage. And the advent of the internet has not in itself helped matters as couples, especially celebrities, often rush to the social media to post marital issues. PAUL OKAH reports. “So, they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, Read More