Last week the Okoye brothers, Peter and Paul, a set of very talented twins who have taken the Nigerian music scene by storm, decided to bring their sibling rivalry to Twitter for every Nigerian with internet access and an opinion to wade in. This week it’s Linda Ikeji, Nigeria’s number one celebrity blogger and Wizkid, a young and successful hip-hop artiste, who are at it. Makes you wonder if the four of them are using the same Public Relations consultant.
A few weeks ago, the national football team petulant coach, Sunday Oliseh, used the same medium, Twitter, to rant and rave against nameless individuals only to apologise to the NFF later when the publicity stunt went pear-shaped. He should have contacted the Okoye’s PR consultants. They would have arranged a beef between him and one of their other clients, say, an ex Super Eagles player, Victor Ikpeba or Taribo West.
This very clever tweet sums it all up:
Linda Ikeji is a star! She trends week in/week out, which increases traffic to her blog and adds Naira to her bank account.
— Jamila (@JKFagge) February 23, 2016
These Twitter rants are reminiscent of when a certain individual decided to trek from one part of the country to another in commemoration of Buhari’s electoral victory and everybody and their dog decided to start trekking all over the country for one politician or the other. Seriously, its time for all these Twitter rants to stop. We have more serious problems in Nigeria than watching young Nigerians who ran into wealth beyond their wildest imagination in the last four years, thanks to Internet accessibility, make fools of themselves on Twitter.
These people are successful, influential Nigerians that a lot of youngsters look up to but what example are they setting for these impressionable youngsters? All they want to do is copy talentless American celebrities like Amber Rose and the Kardashians who have perfected the art of becoming rich just for having millions of Twitter and Instagram followers.
The Okoyes have talent, Linda Ikeji is equally talented and so is whizzkid. They don’t need these publicity stunts to remain relevant unless the talent is drying up and they are getting desperate. Having said that, however, when was the last time P-square or whizzkid released a hit single? As for Linda Ikeji, she doesn’t do any more than copy and paste news and pictures from other sites. She doesn’t do interviews or write her own articles.
We prefer to look for real news to report and analyse but these Twitter feuds are becoming annoying and someone needs to tell these young celebrities that “you can only fool some people some of the time you cannot fool everybody all the time”.