Last week, I brought to you a compelling politics list of the 10 Most Influential Nigerian Men on Twitter. It was met with loads of feedback and I really appreciate all the comments and cross-posts. This week, we will focus on the women list. It is my pleasure to share this compelling list of 10 individuals I consider quite influential on Twitter. It is an entirely subjective list. This politics category will feature five individuals each that are clearly partisan and aligned with the two major political parties in Nigeria. Feel free to make your reservations known and most importantly, come up with your own list as well. Hope you enjoy this.
With the General Elections coming up in February 2015, political conversations, propaganda and campaign have taken the front row in Twitter Nigeria. Most folks are partisan while a handful remains non-partisan with a single demand for fair and credible elections. Here are the partisan individuals that made my list.
The All Progressives Congress e-Squad:
1. Rinsola Abiola (@Bint_Moshood): She is the daughter of Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola. This card-carrying member of the All Progressives Congress brings more than a popular name to the party. She is a public relations consultant and brings professionalism to her act. She has a unique way of asking questions that ensures she does not burn bridges even when she disagrees with another person’s point of reasoning. The years ahead will likely see her run for a political office and I see her winning when such a time comes.
- Sharon Ikeazor: (@sharon_ikeazor): She is a member of the board of trustees of the All Progressives Congress. She was the interim women leader of the party at the formative stage and has represented the party’s interest especially in getting young women to sign up and be part of the movement. I remember a particular conversation that I had with her at an event in Abuja but apparently my mind was already made up so her words had zilch effect on my stance. She uses Twitter as a veritable listening tool and is quick to utilize the feedback gotten from there in her quest to make her party more acceptable.
3. Lola Shoneyin-Soyinka (@lolashoneyin): She is a Nigerian poet and author of the novel, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives. She is currently on the campaign train of Muhammadu Buhari and is the unofficial real-time amateur photographer of the train. She live-tweets photo updates of the campaign while ensuring to caption such with the flowery finesse of a writer. She sends the video updates to Kayode Ogundamisi to upload and share. In 2007, her father-in-law, Wole Soyinka in his acclaimed article ‘The crimes of Buhari’ described Buhari as an alternative whose curative touch to national afflictions have proven more deadly than the disease.
- MojiRhodes (@speaklagos): She is the first female Deputy Chief of Staff in the history of the government of Lagos and a member of the Governor’s high level policy team that developed transformational policies and consequent improvements in the State. She manages the Innovate Lagos project (innovatelagos.com) that supports innovation across all sectors. She is very vocal about her support for the All Progressives Congress and regularly shares updates to this regard.
Maryam Abubakar (@mareeyama): She is a Governance Program Assistant at the Progressive Governors Forum. She says it as it is and will not hesitate to back up her conversation with a non-stop flow of subliminals. Trust her to load up her timeline with relevant links and retweets aimed to either promote her candidate or ridicule the opposition. She is a great asset to the Buhari’s re-election campaign but need to filter and refine her engagement strategy to make a more convincing sell.
The Peoples Democratic Party e-Squad:
- Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji (@toyosirise): She is a social entrepreneur with commendable strength and experience in on-ground grass-root mobilization with a wide network locally and internationally. She is an alumna of the United States Government’s International Visitor Leadership Program and was recently listed in the Forbes list of 20 Youngest Power Women In Africa 2014 compiled by Mfonobong Nsehe. Toyosi is known for her no holds barred approach and fiery principled nature in criticizing Leaders at various levels irrespective of her relationship with them. She currently serves as the Assistant Director, (Youth Groups) in the President Goodluck Jonathan Campaign’s Directorate of Youth Mobilization in which she is the only female and also the youngest Member of the entire Campaign Organization. She brings to the table strategic communication skills that will ensure that her candidate succeeds at the February polls. She is certainly an asset to Jonathan’s team and her expertise for the purpose of this assignment spans strategic communications, community mobilization, stakeholder engagement, conflict resolution and Media Management.
Nana Mgbechikwere Nwachukwu (@PUREHAIRE): She is an Information Technology and Intellectual Property Lawyer. She works as the College Secretary/Registrar of Lead British International School, Abuja. Nana Nwachukwu is a factivist and will patiently engage and educate folks on the merits and viability of the Goodluck Jonathan’s candidacy while ensuring not to take offence at the rudeness of some of her audience. She is most likely to embrace a subliminal approach in denouncing someone than openly fight the person. She is well loved by members of the opposition as they see her as someone with a good head on her shoulders.
May Ubeku: (@Maybeks): She is the fearless daughter of Late High Chief (Dr.) Abel Kprogidi Ubeku, a founding member of the People’s Democratic Party. She is a Public Health Consultant and works as a Program Assistant with the Child Health Advocacy Initiative, Nigeria. May Ubeku is as controversial as the word can possibly be with zero regard for tact and diplomacy. She says it as it is and will not be muzzled by any member of the opposition. She is a great asset to the Jonathan’s re-election campaign but need to filter and refine her punch lines to make a more convincing sell.
Bimbola Oke (@bimbo_cash): She is a Writer, Political Analyst and a Health Care Coordinator. She is very vocal about her support for the Jonathan/Sambo ticket and will meet you with all the fury that you can ever imagine should you dare to unleash e-violence on her. She is not known to back away from a fight as she has a willing support system that assists her to deliver e-punches at any given time.
Blossom Nnodim (@blossomnnodim):
I consider it quite weird writing about myself as such, I decided to crowd source for input as shown below:
Re: Blossom’s List of women that are largely partisan and are influential on Twitter. Feels strange to write about myself. Can someone help.
— Blossom Nnodim ™ (@blossomnnodim) January 6, 2015
I got three inputs and I will share them (unedited) below:
Input from Wale Salami (@walesalami):
In any election year, the fear of political strategists is the beginning of wisdom. Of a truth, the success or failure of a political campaign is often determined by the choice of men and women who form the core of the campaign office think-tank, except of course in Nigeria. Most Nigerians still perceive politics as dirty and politicians as pigs. In other climes, the involvement of core professionals like Blossom Nnodim (often considered the queen of Twitter in Nigeria) in politics ought to be breaking news, but not in Nigeria.
More than any other figure, David Axelrod made Barack Obama president… The Obama persona was in large part Ax’s carving.
“It’s the economy, stupid” is a slight variation of the phrase “The economy, stupid” which James Carville had coined as a campaign strategist of Bill Clinton’s successful 1992 presidential campaign against sitting president George H. W. Bush.
Clinton’s campaign had advantageously used the then-prevailing recession situation in the US as one of the campaign means to successfully unseat George H. W. Bush. In March 1991, days after the ground invasion of Iraq, 90% of polled Americans approved of President Bush’s job performance. Later the next year, Americans’ opinions had turned sharply; 64% of polled Americans disapproved of Bush’s job performance in August 1992.
Blossom is no stranger to social media. From unleashing e-violence on erring public figures and Nollywood stars like Basket Mouth (over his not-so-funny Rape comments), to turning the heat on Senator Yerima thus awakening the consciousness of a whole nation to pertinent issues like early marriage via #ChildNotBride campaign among many others, she has carved a niche for herself in Nigeria’s highly influential new media industry.
My only concern is her support for a candidate like President Goodluck Jonathan of the PDP who presides over a presidency nationally acclaimed for its cluelessness, inability to fight corruption to a standstill or provide the much-needed leadership to rally the country together to combat the Boko Haram terrorists.
I honestly think it will take more than a skillful strategist like Blossom to reelect GEJ, it may take a miracle. But Blossom is undoubtedly an asset to the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organization, that is, if they are not clueless about what she brings to the table.
Input from Shallie Omosalewa (@shalliebee):
Blossom just like her name is a shinning light amongst the Nigerian youths inspiring many to use their creative abilities and make an impact in the Nigerian society. She has shown that social media can be much more than just play apps. She is an alumna of the International Visitor Leadership Program of the US department of state.
She is the founder of #AdoptAweep, Nigeria’s foremost largest offline social media event, specifically targeted at the use of Twitter for networking, marketing and Social Good. Blossom is passionate about good governance for the Nigerian people which she shows with her objective views on twitter while still showing 100% Loyalty for her party and candidate Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
Input from Wale Bakare (@waleflame):
Blossom, as she’s fondly called acquired quite a number of twitter followership through her social media educative start up #AdoptATweep. She has further consolidated on her many successes by being involved in series of social causes online and offline, visibly, the #ChildNotBride campaign. In her quest to be ‘’in the know’’ of happenings around the media space, she’s perceived to be somewhat controversial by a few select; while daring to lend her voice by joining conversations initiated by members of the opposition party. This could perhaps be the reason while she is loved by her admirers and despised by others. Her recent pronouncement to support the candidacy of President Goodluck Jonathan is sending both positive and negative ripples across the media rave. With over 33,000 active twitter followers, like her or loath her, Blossom is one feminine face you can’t ignore on twitter.