Politics is a divisive and sensitive topic. Very few are willing to dabble in the messy sector; particularly because of the possible consequences. Nevertheless, some are undeterred and consistently broach the subject of politics; giving pointed commentary whenever necessary. Here is a list of the top ten Nigerian political voices on social media.
- Dr. Joe Abah: Dr Joe Abah boasts of skill and expertise in governance reform, business, economic development, and political economy amongst others. This wide range of skills and knowledge base is quite evident in his content on social media. The accomplished professional uses his platform to talk about politics and its most recent developments consistently.
- Kayode Ogundamisi: Kayode Ogundamisi graduated with a B.SC in Political Science from the University of Jos, a M.A in Public Administration from the Ogun State University, and has a Masters degree in International Relations from the London Metropolitan University. Little wonder he can so easily discuss Nigerian politics on social media. Though a supporter of the APC-led administration, he is always willing to analyse the state of the nation and critique the government.
- Onye Nkuzi: While he might be controversial, as is everything political, Onye Nkuzi one of the notable voices on politics on the Nigerian social media scene. No one, however, knows his real name or identity. Still, he has achieved the status of one of the most influential figures in the Nigerian social media space, with over 200,000 followers on Twitter. Maybe this anonymity is what allows him to shell out his opinion without holding back in fear. He is known to sign off every one of his published opinions with “Onye Nkuzi has spoken”.
- Aisha Yesufu: Aisha Yesufu is a Nigerian socio-political activist and co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls Movement. The Bring Back Our Girls Movement was essential in bringing about necessary attention to over 200 Chibok girls’ abduction. Aisha has gone on to be quite instrumental in the #EndSARS protests that took place late last year. She has consistently shown she’s fearless and doesn’t shy away from sharing her opinion as well.
- Prof. Chidi Odinkalu: Chidi Anselm Odinkalu is a Nigerian human rights activist, lawyer, professor and writer. He has shown that he is dedicated to Nigeria via his human right efforts in the country. He also has built a huge following on Twitter; discussing the nuances of politics in the country. He has worked as an advisor for the Ford Foundation New York, World Bank, African Union, International Council for Human Rights Policy, Geneva; and many others.
- Kingsley Moghalu: Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu is a Nigerian political economist, lawyer, former United Nations official, and professor of International Business and public policy at the Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He is also an experienced political economist, author and keynote speaker with a focus on international affairs. This makes him quite an expert in the field of politics.
- Dr. Oby Ezekwesili: Obiageli Ezekwesili also popularly known as Oby Ezekwesili, is a Nigerian chartered accountant. She was appointed Vice President for the World Bank’s Africa Region in 2007. Dr. Ezekwesili also led the #BringBackOurGirls movement. Ezekwesili, a formidable personality, is known for her strong social media presence and political advocacy.
- Fakhriyyah Hashim: The #ArewaMeToo movement was northern Nigeria’s version of the global #MeToo movement. Fakhriyyah Hashim was responsible for igniting that online discussion on rape and other forms of gender-based violence in the North, which eventually led to a large scale movement.
- Farooq Kperogi: Farooq is a consistent political commentator, a professor, journalist, Nigerian Tribune columnist, author, and blogger. His insights on things happening in the political sector have built him an impressed following. He shares his thoughts and opinions on social media and in prestigious print and online media platforms. He has helped shape public perception of Nigerian politics, especially with the helo of his blog farooqkperogi.com.
- Morris Monye: With over 66,000 followers it is without a doubt that Morris Monye is a prominent voice in the Nigerian cybersphere. The rice dealer cum political commentator takes it upon himself to dissect various developments that concern Nigeria as a nation.
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