Laying the Foundation for Digital Rights and Freedom in Nigeria

Something exciting is brewing in Nigeria. Just coming from a period that saw national outcry against the Frivolous Petitions Bill, popularly known as the “Anti-Social Media Bill”, and the arrest of another blogger, it offers great hope for the future of the country that a new and citizen-friendly bill, the Digital Rights and Freedom Bill (HB. 490) passed second reading in the Nigerian House of Representatives on Wednesday, June 22. As citizens found an avenue…

"Laying the Foundation for Digital Rights and Freedom in Nigeria"

PIN Calls for Immediate Release of Arrested Blogger

The arrest of blogger, Abubakar Sidiq Usman, by heavily armed operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday, August 8, 2016, in his residence has again highlighted the need for conversation on Digital Rights in Nigeria. Of course, this is not just a Nigerian conversation considering recent events that have seen government limiting the digital rights of citizens in Uganda, Ethiopia, Iran, Brazil, Syria, India and other countries. For Nigeria, this is not…

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Social Media Power: ATM fraudster who stole N0.5m nabbed

On the 16th of June, a tweep tweeted that someone stole his mom’s ATM card and used it to withdraw N541,000 from her account. Today, he has tweeted to say that the man has been arrested and that it was possible because of the power of social media: Thanks to everyone for the RTs.The ATM fraudster that withdrew N541,000 from my Mum's acct was arrested this noon. pic.twitter.com/AXGLjTZWgN — KongiImoleayo (@lightdworld) June 27, 2016 Thanks…

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USA 2, Ecuador 1: The USMNT show fighting spirit

Everyone has placed their money on Argentina to win the Copa America this year. I want to use this moment to call attention to a team that has exceeded all expectations: the United States. They are through to the semi finals of the tournament, and they got there at the expense of high-flying Ecuador. Are you surprised? To me, this is an even bigger surprise than Brazil getting handed an early plane ticket (see what…

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Apocalypse: When the gender rights crusade goes wrong

First, let me say that X-Men: Apocalypse is a great movie. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Many others around the world did too. As such, I was shocked to see a group took the producers of the movie to task over that scene where Apocalypse had Mystique jacked up by the neck. According to these offended folks, the scene glamorises violence against women. Sigh. See, like someone said, if Mystique had stayed at home pounding yam…

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Who died when Sterling Bank jammed Diamond Bank on Twitter?

Usually, Monday mornings are business-like, especially at banks. Things went a little bit different today, as there was some drama on Twitter when Sterling Bank threw a direct jab at Diamond Bank for tweeting in that new, weird form of English that is fast becoming the norm for denizens of social media. Have a look: Naija Twitter is split down the middle at the moment. Some think that Diamond Bank’s tweet is a brilliant marketing…

"Who died when Sterling Bank jammed Diamond Bank on Twitter?"