Top 5 Nigerian Twitter influencers that are worth following
Before I proceed, let me briefly explain what Twitter is like, the founders and its global rank.
Twitter is an American microblogging and social networking service on which users post and interact with messages known as Tweet.
It’s also a platform just like Facebook where you can connect with friends, promote your brand through sponsored ads and make money through campaigns.
Twitter was founded by Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams in March 2006 and launched in July of that year. It is the fourth most visited website in the world with over six billion monthly visits.
Now you know what Twitter is, let’s get back to the main purpose of this post, Top 5 Nigerian Twitter influencers that are worth following
- Savvy Rinu
- Aproko doctor
- Harrison Junior
- Queen Preshil
- Beardless Smalie
Bolatito Rinu Oduala who is prominently known as Savvy Rinu is a Nigerian brand influencer, media strategist and human right activist. She’s become one of the fearless women in Nigeria as she leads the movement of Endsars protest together with Wizkid, Davido, Mr Macaroni, Burna boy and many other celebrities which lasted for days.
You started as a doctor giving out medical nuggets on Twitter and has now gained popularity off the platform. What inspired you to start on Twitter?
While a student, I got to see hundreds of people in ill health, most of these diseases could be prevented if only they knew how to. Others would return worse after listening to the doctor and it occurred to me that they did not understand fully the gravity of the situation. I decided to take it upon myself to teach them about their health and general wellbeing starting from the young population. People spend a huge chunk of their time on social media so I took the message to them. Hence the beginning of the Project: Aproko Doctor.
Why are you passionate about healthy living?
I got to see people’s finances reduced to nothing after a health condition which some would most likely die from, sometimes, leaving their families behind in debt and penury. A huge chunk of these health conditions could be prevented by inculcating lifestyle habits. Also, seeing as we do not have Universal Health Care here in Nigeria, this was my part to help the poor and middle class avoid catastrophes later in life.
What has been the biggest reward since you started with the nuggets?
The lives of people affected. One that stands out the most was the life of a one-year-old girl that was saved by the information I shared online, she had swallowed her sister’s earring and would have choked to death if her mother had not come across a thread I made on what to do if you have a child who is choking. She followed the instructions and saved her baby’s life, there have been numerous other cases.
What inspired your creation of The Healthy Threads on Twitter?
I understood that there are people who would fall ill by no fault of theirs and would not be able to afford the health bills. The Healthy Threads would kill two birds with one stone: Help spread health messages with inscriptions on the shirts and cater to the poor by using the profits to pay the medical bills of those who cannot afford to pay them
As someone who keeps the lifestyle of people in check, what is your ideal health routine?
This is my daily health routine; exercise is a must. I use my surroundings mostly callisthenics to get my heart rate pumping, try to drink at least 3 litres of water every day, and ensure that I take at least one fruit daily. Sleep early and deeply. On some days, I might skip some, but they have become a habit. I also keep a smartwatch that reminds me from time to time to move around and keep my heart healthy.
How do you balance your life as a health practitioner and a social media influencer?
I must say it is not easy and requires sacrifice, the hardest part is creating the content which has to be engaging enough to catch their attention. Middle of the night, long before dawn, I spend time creating this content and then share it during the day. This is to make sure that it does not interfere with the quality of patient care. All these I do in combination with chasing a second degree.
How would you rate Nigerians response to healthy living?
There has been an improvement, it takes the collective work of everyone. I also understand that there are people who do not have access to social media and the next phase of this project is to take the message to them. People are becoming health conscious and this will go a long way to improve the health stats of this country.
How does healthy living relate to staying safe in this COVID-19 pandemic?
Living healthy ensures that your immune system is strong enough to fight off the virus if a person gets it. Also, hand hygiene is a part of the measures, by now we should be aware that about 80% of diseases are transmitted by our hands. One major downside of this pandemic is the lockdown and social distancing that may affect the mental health of many people out there. Making sure that they stay connected can help them fare better
Harrison Junior is one of the most talented graphic designers Nigeria has ever produced, his’s editing is always top-notch. He was honoured by Adobe Photoshop for his excellent work.
Harrison is very popular on Twitter because of his funny mind-blowing edits that he’s good at, he will always use your picture to catch cruise if you asked him to make edits for you. Because of this, he is loved by many people, he had over one hundred and fifty thousand followers on Twitter, unfortunately, his account got suspended.
Most of his fans are from Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa Cameron and Angola. Harrison is also a brand ambassador for a detergent company in Nigeria.
Take a peek at these wonderful pictures edited with Picsart and Adobe Photoshop by him
Queen Preshi is popularly known as a professional sex therapist on Twitter, she gives the best sex education, relationship advice, and also some brand influencer in Nigeria. She is followed by over one hundred and forty thousand Nigerians and about two to three thousand International followers.
Preshi joined Twitter in 2019, her posts were ignored by then, but as time goes on, more than ten thousands of people began to engage in every post she shared. Her monthly tweets engagement are over seven million.
Alhaji Beardless Smallie
Alhaji beardless smalie who’s real name is Smith is an engineering student at Lagos state university. He is a brand influencer, Smith also contributed in Endsars movement in 2020, he joined Twitter in 2018 and became popular in 2020 because of his courage at the Endsars movement, his newly found niche, (Violence report summary) and the good content he always shared.
Smith is prominently known as the ‘Violence guy’ he gives all the summary of every brutal posts and reply that happens on the timeline with memes that best suits every situation.
See some of his violence thread below
Summary of today’s gist: A thread
Some of us were still squeezing eye drops in our eyes to clear the redness after yesterday’s #SilhoutteChallenge before news got to us that Cuppy didn’t pay Zlatan after their collabo, “Gelato”.
Wahala be like pink bone straight. pic.twitter.com/YzUxEHzEwQ
— Alhaji Beardless Smallie👳🏽♀️💦🇨🇦 (@SMiTHiE___) January 29, 2021
There is more violence to see
Summary of today’s gist: A thread
Small #EndSARS breeze blow and foul nyash open!
One UK Parliament member said that General Gowon flew away with HALF OF CBN. OMO!!🤯
My advice goes to Hushpuppi,he should re strategize and learn from the Grandmasters in the game🤲🏼😭 pic.twitter.com/ZKEfVfBt6t
— Alhaji Beardless Smallie👳🏽♀️💦🇨🇦 (@SMiTHiE___) November 24, 2020
Summary of today’s gist: A thread
The love of Regina Daniels life(Ned Nwoko)was congratulated today as he takes a step further in achieving his dreams of being like King Solomon in the Bible.
Sharp guy didn’t even give Regina 4 years tenure before getting a new baby mama👑 pic.twitter.com/tcuKZ03Dal
— Alhaji Beardless Smallie👳🏽♀️💦🇨🇦 (@SMiTHiE___) November 16, 2020
Follow them by their handle below
Savvy Rinu @savvyrinu
Aproko Doctor @aproko_doctor
Harrison Junior @harrisonJNIOR
Queen pre-ship @preshideyforyou
Alhaji beardless Smallie @Smithie___