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SOCIAL MEDIA MEETS THE NIGERIAN SPIRIT: NIGERIANS RALLY TO THE RESCUE OF LAGOS TRICYCLE DRIVER’S FAMILY

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A Lagos-based Tricycle (popularly known as “Keke Napep” or “Keke Marwa” in our local parlance) driver had made a passionate appeal on the popular Social Media platform, Twitter, calling on Nigerians to assist him in settling his wife’s hospital bill after she was delivered of a son via Caesarean Section.

In a tweet, at about 11:26, on the 2nd of December, 2019, from his Twitter handle, @LolNonny1 he had appealed, “please help me Nigerians my wife and child have been held up in the hospital since November 6th 2019, bcos we are unable to settle the medical bills she gave birth through C.S which we didn’t plan towards”.

He went on to post his and his wife’s telephone numbers, as well as that of the Doctor, at Evangel hospital on Adeaga street Awori Bus Stop in Abule Egba, Lagos, for verification by any who might want to verify his claims. This passionate appeal was met with generous responses by Nigerians, as in a series of Tweets, he would update the public as he received various sums, over a period of less than 24hours. As at the time of writing, at about 9:00 pm on 3rd of November, 2019, he had received a total of 780,000.00 (Seven Hundred and Eighty Thousand) Naira only, out of which he was able to pay up the hospital bill of 180,000.00 (One hundred and Eighty Thousand) Naira Only. @LilNony1 even announced that he had received an offer from a Nigerian who promised to “Pay his son a monthly salary for one year”.

This story highlights the power of Social Media and the inherent goodness of the average Nigerian, even in the face of leadership failure that has held the country back from being able to provide the basic necessities of productive and decent living and the services that go with it. The story also highlights the things that are bad and those that are good about Nigeria, nurturing hope about the future of Nigeria as a country. the story also highlights how Social Media amplifies the communal nature of Nigerians at a time when the continued value of social media is being questioned, with the heated debates about the “Social Media Bill”. The episode also highlights the fact that Nigerians indeed would positively respond to transparency and accountability that has been sorely missing in governance for decades, leading to the public treating government and its policies and programmes with scepticism.

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