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Kelechi is a Nigerian with an unquenchable dream of a Better Nigeria.  He believes Nigeria can transcend the level of ethnic and religious bigotry.

For him, a better Nigeria is where meritocracy rules. He desires that someday, every Nigerian will stand tall  to fly the Green and White flag  for the world to see. 

He is passionate, patriotic and pragmatic. 

He was the Editor-in-Chief of Unilag Sun, a renowned campus newspaper of University of Lagos. Also, he was the Editor-in-Chief of Masscope, a campus magazine.

 Currently he is the Managing Editor of Mass Communication, University of Lagos departmental website www.unilagmasscomm.com 

He is a graduate of Mass Communication, University of Lagos.

A true Communicator for Christ! Journalist of Conscience! Change Agent and Solution Provider!


Thursday, 18 October 2012

LOVE ALL,HATE NONE



Call it man’s inhumanity to man, you might not be wrong. The recent killing of 4 undergraduates of the University of Port Harcourt is a replica of the wickedness of man as recorded in the Holy Scriptures. I am sure everyone would agree with me on this assertion. Men and women went the whole hug to hand these young ones their untimely death.
One begins to wonder what a nation we live in. The nation is in disarray. Nothing seems to be working. The power sector is in shambles. Privatization is now the order of the day. Owners of the companies to take over the power sector when fully privatized are former Heads of State, business moguls. The same old story. What a circular movement Nigerians find themselves in. Nigeria can not boast of having 6 hours of constant power supply non stop. Despite the billions of Dollars invested in the power sector.
The saving grace for our nation is the #5000 naira note policy. This is laughable! A country that has its citizens lives on less than $2 a day. Our World Bank certified minister tells us Nigeria is broke yet the leaders spend without batting an eyelid. Foreign trips now the order of the day. Our economy remains in shambles. $1 is equal #160? What a declination. We no longer stand tall to answer the title ‘the Giant of Africa’. Ghana has taken the front burner with their numerous achievements. What of South Africa? The Pride of Africa! Yet we celebrate our 52 years of independence with pageantry. Nigeria we hail thee.
When citizens decide to take laws into their hands, it shows the level of trust in the system.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

SOCIAL MEDIA AND US

“Everyone is now a journalist. No holds barred. Information of various kinds is uploaded on these websites. I begin to wonder where our traditional media would be in the next 10 years. Our social media is abashed with increasingly abusive, restless, frustrated, inarticulate, aggressive users who have lost hope in their country. A medium expected to serve as a common ground for all to mingle, rub minds and forge ahead has turned to a ground for scoring political points.”

   


While walking along the streets of Lagos, I see many clutch to their communication gadgets passionately. Some laughing, while others putting up a serious face but what they all have in common are networking. The social media affords them the opportunity. The craze for networking is alarming while its impact on nation building is laudable. When that beautiful daughter of a Retired Major embarked on a journey, Cynthia Osokogu, she did not know that would be her last. She was a 24-year-old postgraduate student of Nasarawa State University, Keffi. Her undoing was accepting to believe the tricksters on facebook leading to her death. What a tragedy! Social media today is undoubtedly a useful tool for anyone to employ. The world is a global village and those that live in it can attest. The gradual though steady progress of communication has reached an unremarkable height. We all live in an environment that is information sensitive rapid enough to trigger reactions. Change is the only constant thing, isn’t it? Yes, it is. I could seat in the comfort of my room and get latest information around the world. This is technology! My opinion concerning an issue could be aired for anyone to read. Wikipedia defines social media as ‘web- and mobile-based technologies that support interactive dialogue and introduce substantial and pervasive changes to communication between organizations, communities, and individuals’. In essence, users generate and share all types of content within their established networks. It gives the opportunity for users to create, share and edit content. Many Nigerians are turning to social networking websites on a daily basis. Pertinent issues are debated and opinions formed. Facebook , a social networking site has a total of 1 billion users presently. 1 out 7 people in the world is on facebook. Nigeria is not an exception.


The community of Nigerians on social networks is relatively impactful. The numerous eels of the nation are discussed; recent happenings are displayed for everyone to comment. The recent happenings in Nigeria are not shy of adorning numerous websites, weblogs and social networks (face book, twitter). Nigerians Currently, there are 6,558,520 Facebook users in the Nigeria. From Facebook to BBM, via Twitter through 2go to Skype and all other social media platforms, Nigerians are engaging each other, networking and building strong lasting relationships
The social media community is currently trending with the brutal killings of 4 promising students. The social networks are abashed with links suggesting the reasons for the nefarious acts by residents of Aluu, Rivers State. The users of these social networks are totally against the dastardly act. Their agitation is drawing up public opinion amongst Nigerians. The case of these students: Biringa Chiadika Lordson, a second-year theatre arts student, with Matriculation Number U2010/1805036, Ugonna Kelechi Obuzor, also a year two geology student with Matriculation Number U2010/5565149 and Mike Lloyd Toku, year two civil engineering student, with Matriculation Number U2010/3010094 of UNIPORT wouldn’t have drawn comments without the social media. Video clips of the killings are made available for everyone to view.

OMOJUWA v. ARIK AIR The just concluded battle of Japheth Omojuwa and Arik Air over the disappearance of Japheth‘s I-pad while on board a flight highlighted the power of social media. As an active member of the social media, Japheth was able to drum support on twitter for the release of his I-pad.

OCCUPY NIGERIA: Subsidy was removed and Nigerians reacted spontaneously with #occupyNigeria on twitter to express their displeasure on the way the Nigerian government acted. Many were encouraged to come out and resist the change through the social media.

UNILAG NAME CHANGE: The infamous speech of President Good luck Jonathan on May 29, 2012 concerning the name change of UNILAG received a vehement refusal from users of social media. The campaign carried out on the social media systematically threw the name change proposal into the refuse bin.

Everyone is now a journalist. No holds barred. Information of various kinds is uploaded on these websites. I
begin to wonder where our traditional media would be in the next 10 years. Our social media is abashed with increasingly abusive, restless, frustrated, inarticulate, aggressive users who have lost hope in their country. A medium expected to serve as a common ground for all to mingle, rub minds and forge ahead has turned to a ground for scoring political points. We have now embarked on a quest to swindle our brothers and sisters through the social media. We have no regard for those in authority. We rain abuses on them non stop. Rumor peddling is the order of the day. We post news items that are false. As our nation lumbers from one scandal to another, social media has significantly played a role in propagating information rapidly to the public.

The Senate President, David Mark lends his voice to the negative trend on social media “there must be a measure to check the negative tendencies of the social media in our country.”Everyone should aid in curtailing the numerous negative acts perpetrated on social media.

Friday, 5 October 2012

NIGERIA @ 52: STILL DEALING IN DIAPERS


       
       When the Union Jack (British flag) was lowered at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos on the 1st of October 1960, it was welcomed by Nigerians. The world welcomed the new country. Nigerians heaved a sigh of relief- Goodbye to colonialism. It was dreams come true. The Green-White flag instilled confidence, nurtured aspirations and brought hope to the hopeless. Nigeria served as a perfect example for other African countries. Fifty-two years down the line, has Nigeria maintained her lead as the “Giant of Africa”?
    The nascent independence underwent a litmus test- Nigeria Civil War (1967-1970) the 1967 civil war which lasted for 30 months exposed the crack in the wall. Nigeria overcame it. That is why we are still together. It only took the 3Rs policy to resuscitate the ailing nation. The military era was based on a dictatorial approach to governance. Then came democracy. Democracy was based on legitimacy. After 13 years of uninterrupted democratic rule stability has been achieved. That is a milestone. 
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