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Buhari most followed African leader on Twitter – BCW study reveals

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President Muhammadu Buhari has emerged the most followed Sub-Saharan African leader on Twitter during the Covid-19 pandemic, reveals leading global communications agency Burson Cohn & Wolfe (BCW) on Tuesday, July 21.

The newly released BCW Twiplomacy study 2020, which focuses on how world leaders have tweeted during the coronavirus pandemic and how Twitter has tried to keep the chatter clean from disinformation reveals that President Buhari (@MBuhari)  recorded 3.1 million followers ahead of President Paul Kagame (@PaulKagame) of Rwanda’s 1.9 million followers.

PMB’s Twitter follower growth within the period when Coronavirus emerged in Mid-March until June was 51 per cent.

Commenting on the outcome of the research, Chief Innovation Officer, BCW (Burson Cohn & Wolfe), Chad Latz said: “It is therefore vital for world leaders to use channels like Twitter to reach out to their followers to spread critical health warnings and keep their followers abreast of the latest COVID-19-related information. As the pandemic abates in some countries, world leaders will find themselves with an expanded audience for future engagement.”

Group Managing Director CMC Connect BCW (the affiliate company of BCW in Nigeria); Yomi Badejo-Okusanya commended the BCW global network for the professionalism that culminated in the timely release of the study.

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GMD, CMC-Connect BCW (Perception Managers), Mr. Yomi Badejo – Okusanya

“This report will encourage leaders who have been lagging behind to tap into opportunities provided by social media to communicate rightly by increasing their activities on the platforms to educate and inform their people. COVID 19 has changed many around the globe, and in Africa the need to communicate what the government is doing and saying shows some level of transparency”, he added.

The 2020 Twiplomacy edition reveals that governments and leaders of 189 countries had an official presence on the social network, representing 98 percent of the 193 UN member states.

The leaders use Twitter to share critical coronavirus information and encourage their citizens to “stay home” and “stay safe.”

Many leaders have been leading by example and updating their Twitter profiles, wearing a face mask and participating in the #SafeHands challenge.

World leaders and diplomats also had to adapt to working from home and have been thrust into video conferences, making diplomacy truly digital.

Globally, US President Donald Trump is still the most followed world leader with more than 81 million followers and counting, while the governments of four countries namely Laos, North Korea, Sao Tome and Principe and Turkmenistan do not have a Twitter presence.

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Ighalo, Victor Moses on centre stage as Europa League resumes on StarTimes

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Europa League is set to return on Wednesday, August 5, after hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The matches will air live on World Football and Sports Premium Channels, exclusively on StarTimes.

Hopes are high amongst Manchester United’s fans for a trophy this season after failing to clinch any in their domestic leagues. Odion Ighalo’s Manchester United are in a strong position to reach the next stage of the competition as they hold a 5-0 first-leg lead over LASK with the second game yet to be played. 

United will play Copenhagen or Istanbul Basaksehir in the Europa League quarter-finals if they overcome LASK on Wednesday.

Manchester United are among the favourites to lift the Europa League, followed by Inter Milan and Bayer Leverkusen.

Victor Moses has shifted his focus to the Europa League after helping Inter Milan finish as Serie A runners-up in the 2019-20 season.  Inter Milan will play Getafe on Wednesday at 8 pm.

Other matches on Wednesday include Copenhagen vs Istanbul Basaksehir (agg 0-1); and Shakhtar Donetsk vs Wolfsburg (agg 2-1).

On Thursday, Wolver Hampton Wanderers will face Olympiakos. Both finished 1-1 in the first leg in Greece.

Other second leg fixtures on Thursday include Bayer Leverkusen vs Rangers (agg 3-1); and Basel vs Eintracht Frankfurt (agg 3-0).

A one-legged tie between Sevilla and Roma on Thursday promises to be another fascinating match. Unfortunately, they were unable to play their first leg fixture before football actions were suspended owing to the pandemic. 

The 2019/20 Europa League final was due to be staged in Gdansk, Poland, on May 27. However, the Covid-19 outbreak caused that to be postponed and the final will now take place in Cologne on August 21.

The format of the final stages of the competition has been amended with the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final all now set to be held in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

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Top 5 comedy channels on YouTube in Nigeria

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A good dose of laughter boosts the immune system scientists agree. And in between the daily hustle, laughter is a good outlet for releasing stress.

Nigerian comedians have latched on the cracks in our cultural diversity and day-to-day interactions to create authentic and engaging content that is gaining popularity amongst local audiences.

Here are the top five Nigerian comedy channels on YouTube you should check out.

1. Mark Angel Comedy

Mark Angel Comedy has over six million subscribers and more than a billion views on TouTube. The channel has delivered undiluted comedy to its audience since 2013, making Emanuella into one of Nigeria’s favourite characters.

Emanuella is joined by Chukwuemeka, Denilson Igwe and Success as they get caught up in scenarios that reveal their ridiculousness and wittiness.

2. Nigeria Comedy Skit

Comedy skits have become a trend. Nigeria Comedy Skit collates skits from Nollywood movies and other Nigerian comedians who share content on the internet.

Most of the videos on the channel are from Nollywood comedy stars, Aki and PawPaw but it also features videos from Sirbalo Clinic, Baba de Baba, Aboki 4 Christ and others. With over 150 million views, the videos on this channel are clearly leaving Nigerians laughing.

3. AY Comedian

AY Comedian is the official YouTube channel of Ayodeji Richard Makun, also known as AY, one of Nigeria’s top comedians.

His channel has over 120 million views with more than 600 000 subscribers and features hilarious videos from previous AY shows, AY skits with popular celebrities, AY Crib Sitcom and more.

AY is particularly known for the “Who wants to be a Billionaire” skits where Akpos uses warri pidgin language to anchor a parody of the “Who wants to be a millionaire” show.

4. Official Broda Shaggi

Broda Shggi is referred to as Nigeria’s number one fine boy “agebero”. The “Oya Hit Me” comedian has over 500 000 subscribers and over 90 million views on his YouTube Channel,  Official Broda Shaggi.

To get an idea of how funny he is, check out Big Brother Naija’s Mercy Lambo slapping Broda Shaggi, when Broda Shaggi finally kissed DJ Cuppied or if you need to know what Broda Shaggi looks for in a woman. His goofy videos will leave you hooting with laughter. You can also watch musical videos too.

5. Yawa Skits

Yawa Skits is a comedy series about survival.  The channel has over 300, 000 subscribers and above 30 million views.

The videos are based on the Kalistus daily struggle to earn a living by all means. Check out The Impersonator, The Accidental Drug Dealer and Bus Runz for a good laugh.

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HelpNow partners with NACK to support 2 million vulnerable Nigerians

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NACK, casual fashion brand, has joined the movement to support 2 million vulnerable Nigerians through the HelpNow initiative.

Using the brand’s latest collection, League of Xtraordinary Nigerians (LXN) – a movement designed to promote patriotism and unity amongst Nigerians, will spearhead the collaboration.

The partnership aims to get 20 extraordinary and influential Nigerians from various industries to sign NACK’s LXN jerseys.

These autographed jerseys will be auctioned via social media and all proceeds will go to Helpnow.ng, offering much needed support to the destitute.

Already, ace comedian, Basketmouth & music legend, 2face Idibia have joined the movement.

HelpNow, an initiative of Softcom in partnership with like-minded corporate organizations, aspired to assist up to 2 million vulnerable Lagosians predominantly affected by COVID-19 has entered into a unique collaboration with the leading Nigerian fashion label, NACK.

NACK (Nigerian Articulate Culture Kollection) is a casual fashion brand creating a unified identity for the diverse cultures of Nigeria and Africa at large. The brand’s latest collection, League of Xtraordinary Nigerians (LXN) – a movement designed to promote patriotism and unity amongst Nigerians, will spearhead the collaboration.

Speaking to the collaboration, Adewale Osideinde, key project manager of the HelpNow initiative, had this to say:

“When you listen to testimonials of recipients on the HelpNow platform, you appreciate the impact of the pandemic in the lives of the less fortunate amongst us. Many are unable to provide food for themselves and their families. We thank Nigerians for extending a helping hand and donating to assist many of their fellow citizens.  It’s important that we keep the moment and widen the net of people we can reach to ensure that less people go to bed hungry. I believe that the HelpNow and NACK partnership will be instrumental in helping us reach reach our goal”.

NACK founder and creative head, Tolulope Akinpeloye, also shared a few words:

“We are asking people to channel their love for fashion and style into charity. Through the partnership, people will be able to own rare autographed clothing items while helping to feed the most vulnerable people in our society. I think it is powerful.”

Currently, HelpNow has raised over 11 million Naira and have disbursed these funds to about 1850 households.

You can join the efforts and donate now on www.helpnow.ng

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