The Narratives of Nigeria’s Politico-Twitterati


The Nigerian Twitterscape in the past week has been dominated by political issues and scandals that call to question the willingness of our leaders to pursue the change they preach. The conversation leave much to be desired still as many ‘tweeps’ are motivated by largely partisan interests which tend to colour the nature and the quality of the debate. Nwachukwu Egbunike analyses this phenomena in his latest article.

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By Nwachukwu Egbunike

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The streets of Nigeria’s Twitter are hot and harsh these days. The clash of the politico-twitterati on each side of the divide – opposition and the establishment – has been characterized with vile tweet-blood. Politico-Twitterati means those influential tweeps or overlords who are active partisan politicians. They differ from “political tweeps” (or political activists) who though they tweet on politics, owe no allegiance to any political party.

The narrative as expounded by each side of the divide can be grouped into two: disruptive narration (by the opposition) and confutative narration (by the establishment).

The Disruptive Narrative of the Opposition Politico-Twitterati

A casual observation of the handles of some opposition overlords shows that they thrive on rumours. It looks as though they patiently wait for any gaffe from government officials and then precipitate a twitterstorm. For instance take the “news” on the 53 gold plated…

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