Compiled by Chinedu Okoro and Mila Yakubu
More than ever before, the new media space will play a key role in shaping and influencing the outcome of the 2015 elections. Presented below in no particular order are twelve (12) carefully selected young Nigerian influencers in the new media space whose role in the 2015 polls cannot be ignored by both the APC and the PDP. This list is by no means exhaustive.
Japhet Omojuwa – @Omojuwa
Hate him or love him, with over 165,000 followers on Twitter, he has since become one of the most influential voices in Nigeria’s new media space. A protege of Mallam Nasir El Rufai, his usually anti-PDP and anti-Jonathan tweets have endeared him to many pro-APC fans on Twitter expanding his reach and influence in the process.
Ediong Umoh – @Ediong
Ediong is the CEO of Nigeria Newsdesk – Nigeria’s biggest and only verified Twitter news dissemination platform. With a personal Twitter followership of over 55,000 combined with the Nigeria Newsdesk Twitter followership of 675,000, this is certainly one young Nigerian the PDP or APC will be happy to have on either side.
Anthony Ehilebo – @AnthonyEhilebo
Relatively of a quiet mien in the new media space, Anthony Ehilebo parades a network that cuts across some of Nigeria’s most powerful politicians. Aside from the strategic role he is playing within President Jonathan’s Presidential Campaign Committee, he is the Publisher and brain behind BREAKING TIMES, a fast-rising global online newspaper with headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria.
Chude Jideonwo – @Chude
Chude rose to national prominence with his Future Awards brand. He has since built the brand to international prominence along with its sister brands – Red Media Africa, YNaija.com, Y! Magazine and StateCraft – the media and political strategy consulting firm that powers the Buhari 2015 campaign. This young Nigerian is certainly one of Nigeria’s brightest and finest in the new media space.
Chinedu Ekeke – @Nedunaija
Chinedu Ekeke is the founder of ekekeee.com – a popular online news website. A former SUG President of the Abia State University Students Union, he boasts over 48,000 Twitter followers and commands considerable influence in the Nigerian new media space.
Blossom Nnodim – @blossomnnodim
Writer, blogger, compère, entrepreneur and public servant, Blossom Nnodim is popular across major cities in Nigeria for her social media educative start-up known as #AdoptATweep. With over 30,000 Twitter followers, her views on socio-political issues are powerful and quite popular. She is politically inclined towards the PDP.
Babatunde Rosanwo – @Rosanwo
With over 44,000 Twitter followers, Rosanwo is easily one of the APC’s most visible voices in the new media space. Largely a thorn in the flesh of the PDP, Rosanwo will go into the 2015 elections as one of the APC’s most valued new media assets.
Ohimai Amaize – @MrFixNigeria
Describe him as a young man who has seen it all, you may be correct. In 2011, at the age of 26, he entered the history books as the world’s youngest presidential campaign manager in modern democratic history. The young technocrat in public service has since served as ministerial adviser in the Federal Ministry of Youth Development, National Sports Commission and the Federal Ministry of Defence across 3 years. His political views aired to over 28,000 followers on Twitter command the attention of both the older and younger generations.
Stanley Azuakola – @stanleyazuakola
Stanley Azuakola is the Publisher of The Scoop – one of Nigeria’s fastest growing online news platforms. He is also the brain behind Polling Nigeria – an online advocacy platform launched to sample the perceptions and opinions of Nigerians on various issues affecting them and the polity.
Demola Olarewaju – @DemolaRewaju
A highly cerebral blogger and public affairs analyst, Demola Olarewaju proved his mettle as an online strategist with his leadership of KoroNation the online group of young professionals responsible for the online buzz built around the personality of Senator Musiliu Obanikoro in his bid for the Lagos 2015 guber. Although his candidate is no more in the race, he proves himself a strategic online mobiliser capable of delivering results.
Linda Ikeji – @LindaIkeji
Linda Ikeji is easily the poster girl of the Nigerian new media arena. Not only is her blog the most visited in Nigeria, her influence cuts across generational and socio-political boundaries as both young Nigerians at home and abroad depend on her platform for the latest news in all spheres of human endeavor. Word on the streets is if Linda is not supporting your political campaign, then it means trouble!
Tolu Ogunlesi – @toluogunlesi
CNN award-winning journalist Tolu Ogunlesi is one of Nigeria’s most influential young voices in the new media space. Having played key roles in the online campaign of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s 2015 presidential bid which he lost to General Muhammadu Buhari, Tolu leaves no one in doubt of what he is capable of doing armed with a Twitter account, an iPad or Blackberry. Tolu’s writing prowess, his wit and brilliant use of satire are a reader’s delight. He boasts over 90,000 followers on Twitter.
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