We are over the end of one week and freshly in on a new one. Thankfully this was one of those weeks when one doesn’t have to scour the internet to find trending conversations on social media as there is so much going on in the social space.
It’s been a very busy week in the social space and we’ll be taking a look at four stories that caught our attention during the week.
Queen Elizabeth passed on at 96
British Monarch Queen Elizabeth yesterday passed on after a brief illness at the Balmoral Castle. The late queen sat on the throne for 70 years, making her the longest-serving monarch in British history.
The news of her death was officially announced by the official Twitter handle of the Royal Family
The news didn’t exactly come as a shock to many as she had been having health challenges for a while. The news however elicited mixed reactions from different groups and nationalities on the social media. Citizens of Britain mourned the loss of their beloved Queen, while some citizens of former colonies seemed to see the death differently, as dark jokes and memes flew around, thus, ruffling some popular feathers.
A particular tweet from Uju Anya, a Nigerian Associate professor at Carnegie Melon University caused quite a stir with Jeff Bezos quote tweet. In turn, Jeff has been dragged for his tweet by many for insinuations that she should be sacked from her job.
While Uju’s tweet has been condemned by many, some actually think that the comment isn’t as bad as what some of her subjects on the Irish Twitter are saying.
I would ask you what you thought about this but is this our problem? I think not. RIP to Queen Elizabeth.
Moving on from the news of the Queen’s death. Is it just me or has anyone noticed that each new season of BBN gets more toxic?
The escalating toxicity at Big Brother Naija
When sheggz and Bella are not fighting each other, they form a tag team to fight other housemates like they did this week with another fight. This time, it was with Rachel who many believe eviscerated Mr and Mrs Ikoyi.
This is what viewers have tagged Bella and sheggz.
This begs the question, where does biggy get these rude people that they put on their show?
At this point, I am convinced that they intentionally look out for the worst behaved Nigerians and put them on the show, knowing that these people will do stuff that will get Nigerians talking and drive up traffic for the brand.
Looking back, you may have observed a trend, from cee-c to Tasha to all the toxic people they have had on the show. Many wonder what level they will go to for ratings as the toxicity seems to keep escalating in each new show.
What are your thoughts on this?
Is the 2022 Headies an epic fail or an improvement?
The 15th Headies Awards held on Sunday, 4th September 2022 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia, United. The event which is the top Nigerian music awards show for the first time held outside the shores of Africa with the organisers claiming the reason was to sell afrobeat to the world.
According to the gist on social media, the event was the usually badly put together show in which headies has become synonymous. In previous editions, we assumed the problem was the Headies never seemed to get things right was the Nigerian factor.
Having the show moved to Atlanta and having such a poor outing is a clear sign to many that the poor planning is the fault of the organisers.
Social media users bemoaned the choice of Hollywood award winning Actor, Anthony Anderson who struggled to connect with the audience and failed woefully with his bland and his high key stereotypical jokes, to Osas struggling to keep things together while switching between fangirling Anthony in what sounded like a forced American Accent.
The show had its high moments like Bnxn winning the highly coveted next-rated award which came with a 2022 Bentley Bentayga and Dbanj winning the lifetime achievement award (which I think he was too young for) and dedicating it to Donjazzy.
I particularly liked the fact that Fave won the Rookie of the year award and that Adekunle Gold won the best song Writer for the song sinner, Flavour won the best alternative song for Doing, and Kcee took home the inspirational song of the year award for the cultural praise vol.1.
One thing the award did better this year was being more inclusive as they had been accused of being a southwest (Yoruba) award show in the past. They also recognised artists from southern Africa, and Eastern Africa as well as international artistes with Chris Brown winning international artiste of the year. They also gave international recognition awards to Akon, Wyclef Jean, and Angelique Kidjo.
A little drama ensued on Instagram between Portable and Goya Menor who won best street song. Portable out jealousy, took to his IG to shade Goya suggesting he is not street enough and doesn’t deserve the award.
To which Goya responded:
It has become a whole back-and-forth situation and an official headies beef.
What do you think about the headies and the aftermath?
Now, to the last update
Is there anything really new about Apple’s new iPhone 14?
The feedback from early reviews of the iPhone 14 is that there is nothing different in the new release with many accusing iPhones of slowing down their phones as they plan to release a new version.
However, these claims may not be entirely true as the users of the new iPhone 14 will now be able to enjoy their phones without a sim as the e-sim option will be available in some regions.
The iPhone 14 also has the Emergency SOS via satellite. When pointed directly at a satellite with a clear view of the sky, you can send messages with no cellular connection.
There’s a UI to show you exactly where to point your phone so you hit a satellite Free for 2 years in US/Canada.
Other than that, I really do not see what is new with the new device. Do
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