Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Dr. Mike Omotosho meets with key Social Media Practitioners in Abuja, discusses “The Role of New Media in Nation Building.” 

To further the cause of Nation building, Mike Omotosho Foundation on the 10th of February 2018 put together a New Media Forum to brainstorm on “The Role of New Media in Nation Building.” The forum comprised of Abuja based bloggers, social media influencers and digital marketers of repute. 

Mike Omotosho Foundation is a Non-Governmental Organization which engages in various programme that are geared towards Poverty alleviation, Youth empowerment, Community development and Nation building.

 In his opening remark, the host a well-respected Business man and one time Kwara State Governorship aspirant, Dr. Mike Omotosho lamented the barrage of problems been faced by Nigerians of all works of life, “Our country is in a critical time, and we all have a role to play in effecting positive change for the people. To this end, I believe the new media which is gradually becoming the most vibrant sector in Nigeria has potentials to shape narratives that will foster development/nation building.

 Speaking further at the event, Mr. Mike urged all the new media practitioners present to create patriotic content and generate online engagements that will shape narratives for a better and new Nigeria.  Shun all unpatriotic activities such as the use of hate speeches, trending unfounded news and propaganda that could jeopardize democratic dividends, particularly as we approach the 2019 elections.

Mr. Japheth Omojuwa an activist, blogger and online enthusiast was one of the lead anchors at the event. He gave a thought provoking presentation, new media is becoming new and micro blogging is taking over blogging he said. In my work as a media practitioner, I work more with micro bloggers than bloggers. While I advise that bloggers maintain their blogs for certain kind of contents, we should never undermine the potentials of engaging our followers by posting contents directly on our social media platforms that will not require people to click on links to get certain information. It is the new media practice and a more effective way of reaching out and shaping narratives online.  He also spoke about the importance of been creative with contents online. We must aim at sending out the right message in a way that it is attractive to readers, he said.

Miss Jenny Chisom Abuja foremost men blogger and content writer was also a lead anchor at the media forum. She talked about her activities online that have helped to shape certain narratives on men and election issues and charged colleagues present to do same.

The media forum offered social media practitioners present an unprecedented opportunity to share creative ideas, synergize and commit to shape narratives online that will promote peace, unity and development of our country.

 Bloggers present were Miss Cynthia Anele of naijacyth.com, Femi D a radio presenter and enthusiast, Emeka of naijamagazineonline.com Dotun of dotunroy.com Jecinta of abujaevents.com Mercy Ebute of mercyebute.com, Alex of alexreporters.com and many others.

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