Social Media Roundup: Bill Gates in Nigeria


Bill Gates and President Buhari shaking hands

Yesterday, Bill Gates, philantropist and founder of the Microsoft Corporation arrived Nigeria to see the first-hand progress the country is making on primary healthcare provision, polio eradication, nutrition and financial inclusion.

Through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the billionaire has invested over $9 billion in 45 African countries to reduce poverty and improve healthcare. Speaking at the National Economic Council in Abuja yesterday, Bill Gates poked some (obvious) holes in the Nigerian economy. In case you missed the speech, watch it here or read it here.

Some quotes from his speech

A few reactions.

This administration has to go

His Nigerian children ready to claim him

Apparently, Aliko Dangote’s daughter is getting married in Lagos today and like Bill Gates, American media proprietor and philantropist Oprah Winfery is also in Lagos to attend the wedding.

Bill gates has reportedly revealed plans to pay off Nigeria’s $76 million loan taken from Japan to aid the fight against polio. Read more about it here and read on for other interesting topics on social media this week.

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Senator Dino Malaye’s hot new single

Your favourite senator and musician-cum-video vixen Dino Malaye has released another hit track, this one for his latest adversary, Yahaya Bello, Governor of Kogi State. Watch the video below.

Last week, the police arrested two political thugs in Kogi state who reportedly confessed that Senator Dino Malaye provided them with ammunitions and money to cause mayhem in the state. The senator denied the allegations claiming that it is a ploy by the Kogi state Governor to bring him down following his revelation that the governor has been importing restricted security gadgets without obtaining necessary certifications.

Nigerians reacted

Senator or comedian?

How embarrassing

The Senator is currently on the verge of being recalled.

Cambridge Analytica and Nigeria’s 2015 elections

Facebook is in a massive data scandal following the reports of a whistleblower who claimed that his former employer, Cambridge Analytica used Facebook data to target voters during the last US elections. Asides America, Cambridge Analytica was also involved in elections in Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Australia and Brazil. It also attempted to influence Nigeria’s 2015 presidential elections.

According to the whistleblower, a Nigerian billionaire who was wary of the impact of a new government on his activities contracted the company to sway votes in favour of former president Goodluck Jonathan.

Nigerians reacted

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The height of corruption

Good riddance

Couldn’t have worked

Reports do not indicate whether or not Goodluck Jonathan knew of Cambridge Analytica’s role in his election campaign. However, the question of the identity of the Nigerian billionaire is one we should be asking.

Abducted Dapchi girls return home

Last month, I reported that men of the Boko Haram terrorist group stormed Dapchi, a village in Yobe state on February 19 and made away with about 105 students of the Government Girls Technical College.

Nigerians began to suspect foul play when Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam revealed that just before the attacks, the troops deployed in Dapchi were withdrawn.

However, the Nigerian army dismissed the accusation, claiming that since Dapchi was peaceful, the troops were actually redeployed to another region plagued by Boko Haram attacks while the security of Dapchi town was formally handed over to the police.

On Wednesday this week, news broke that the Dapchi girl had been released by their abductors.

According to reports, asides the ones that died, all the girls were released except a Christian girl named Liya Sharibu who reportedly refused to deny her faith.

Nigerians reacted

Oh thank God

Conspiracy theories

A “misleading” picture surfaced

The real picture. Maybe.

This really happened?

A report by the Wall Street Journal revealed that the Islamic State West African Province dubbed ISIS-WA — a faction independent of Boko Haram, led by Abu Musab al-Barnawi second son of the founder of Boko haram, Mohammed Yusuf — was responsible for the abduction.  Read this thread.

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