Social Media Roundup: Coronavirus Curfew, Sexual Assault Allegation and Other Trending Stories

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari suspends Twitter indefinitely
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari suspends Twitter indefinitely

The week flew by, but that doesn’t mean there was any less social media gist as usual. In fact, this week had back-to-back hits in the world of social media.

First was the bittersweet banger by President Muhammadu Buhari as regards the coronavirus pandemic and the stay at home directive. After 4 weeks of lockdown in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun, the President announced a 1-week extension.

After the extension which ends this weekend, residents will be allowed once again to go about their businesses in the new week, with strict adherence to the safety instructions. On the flip side, however, there will be a curfew on movements in these places from 8 pm – 6 am till further notice.

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As expected, many Nigerian online users were happy to be back on the roads after what will be 5 weeks of staying indoors.

Others felt the lockdown should be extended for now as newly confirmed cases have been on the rise over the last couple of days. The country has broken its highest daily cases figure a couple of times this week.

Others have however been rolling in the memes in preparation for resumption on the roads by next week.

You can see more reactions here.

Sexual Assault, Rape Reveal Week

During the course of the week, several ladies came online to talk about their sexual assault/rape experiences with men. This was after a twitter user @brownsugargh’s asked ladies to expose their abusers.

This saw many ladies come out to recount their ordeals. Some actually called out the men involved in the act, creating ripple effects as other ladies with similar experiences came forward to tell theirs. In the ensuing episode, names like Nigerian musician, Brymo, popular Bollylomo, perfume merchant, Cohan and Abuja-based tweep, Damola and Temitope trended on social media as ladies with experiences with these guys told their stories.

Nigerians on social media reacted to the experiences.

Some of the alleged persons have replied to the tabled allegations.

The accusations weren’t limited to men as a lady was also accused of abusing her several lesbian partners. According to the reports, the assault meted by this lady on her various partners included physical, emotional and material, exemplified by the destruction of property, like a Macbook.

Social Media Mourns Prominent Video Vixen, Picture Kodak

The Nigerian entertainment space was greeted with news of the death of popular Nigerian dancer, Picture Kodak.

Kodak was said to have died of electrocution while charging her phone on Wednesday evening at a video director’s home in Omole Estate, Lagos. This news saw many Nigerians, including celebrities she has worked with on projects, take to social media to mourn her.

Our deepest condolences to the family and friends she left behind.

Access Bank to Retrench 75% of its Workforce

…after Donating N1bn to the FG for COVID relief.

A video of Access bank’s MD, Herbert Wigwe, in a video conferencing with his employees during a town hall meeting surfaced yesterday. In the video, Herbert mentioned that 75% of the bank’s staff, most of whom are outsourced and are offering “non-essential services”, will be affected by a mass retrenchment, while others will take a pay cut.

This is so as to cut down running cost of the company. The social media world reacted to the video. While many were of the idea that the company should have considered this before the N1bn donation to the FG to battle COVID-19, others felt it came as a result of the season where many businesses are downsizing to cut cost.

As at press time, there’s been no source to the leaked video.

That’s a wrap for this week about all of the major happenings in the world of social media. Do well to stay safe/indoors as directed by the government and other authorities.

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