Happy New Year, Social Media Week Lagos! In 2012, we were ecstatic that we had the opportunity to host Social Media Week’s first ever stop in an African city. We hit the ground running last year with a team of like-minded, passionate people across the Diaspora, and in February 2013, we will see our efforts come together to bring your an amazing week of discussion and community. I’ll toast to that!
It’s that time again — we perused the internet to bring you just a sampling of stories that are trending in Nigeria this week. From government to entertainment and economics, here’s What’s Trending #Lagos!
Mr. President’s Promise for 2013: President Goodluck Jonathan addressed citizens at a New Year’s church service to reassure Nigerians that speedy progress will be made in 2013 in the government. “In all our key sectors of the economy, we have laid solid foundations and now we are moving ahead,” he said. “We will move very fast to make sure that what Nigerians expect from us as a government, we will do. We are working very hard and I am convinced that 2013 will be a better year for this country.” (source: Punch)
Nollywood Actress Passes Away: Bisi Komolafe starred in many Yoruba-language Nollywood films. She died early January 1 in University College Hospital in Ibadan after being previously admitted to the hospital and treated for an undisclosed condition. Rest in peace, Bisi. You can watch the films she’s starred in here. (source: Bella Naija)
YNaija’ Ad Campaign Says Influence Starts With Them: YNaija, one of the country’s most popular websites for opinion, politics, and entertainment, launched its first ad campaign, framing itself as “The Internet Newspaper for Young Nigerians.” The site was founded in 2010 and has grown to be a reliable online media source among young people — we even source their stories in our #WTLagos posts! The ads will position this media brand as an expert in what younger Nigerians want to consume online. Wishing YNaija a prosperous 2013! (source: YNaija hahaha)
First Lady of Lagos State Welcome 2013’s First Lagosian: Dame Emmanuella Abimbola Fashola visited the first baby born in Lagos this year! See, it’s news because everyone loves babies!! Lagos’ first birth of the new year was a healthy girl! Watch the news story here. (source: All Africa)
“Yes/No” to Banky W’s New Music Video?: Nigerian pop star Banky W released a new video for his single “Yes/No” this week. Classic story of boy meets girl, boy likes girl…boy grows up to be a confused cheater torn between two women? Ok. It’s cute song, though. Give it a listen here.
Nigerian Newcomers Win Big at Kora Awards: Davido and Chidinma received recognition at the annual Kora Awards held in Ivory Coast. Davido won Best Male Newcomer and Chidinma won Best West African Female Act. Nigeria steadily produces quality talent that’s known the world over! Congrats to these two young artists! Listen to Davido’s club banger ‘Gbon Gbon’ here and Chidinma’s stellar vocals in the video for ‘Kedike’.
What did we miss? Got a product, event, song, film, etc that’s got Lagos buzzing? Be sure to follow us on Twitter: @SMWLagos and visit us on Facebook: Social Media Week Lagos and let us know what’s trending in Lagos. Use the hashtag #WTLagos so we can spot you, and you could see your suggestion on next week’s #WTLagos!