Before getting on with this article discussing an interview with Mary in Lagos who kept her surname anonymous, the question for the day is:
It has been 15 days since the Nigerian Ministry of Information and Culture announced a ban on Twitter and directed internet service providers in the country to block access to the social media platform.
Millions of Nigerians from different walks of life going about their online activities were no longer able to access the app.
The Nigerian government also threatened to prosecute anyone or institution that finds other means of accessing Twitter.
The government laid claims that the platform has been frequently used to misinform the public and held Twitter for EndSARS protest damages.
This appears to be an undemocratic decision and as a result over 400 Nigerians including Aisha Yesufu, Oby Ezekwesili and SERAP launched a legal action against the ban through the Community Justice Court of ECOWAS. The court hearing will be on June 22, 2021.
While Nigerians await the outcome, they cared less about the government’s prosecution threat. They continue to gain access to Twitter using VPNs. VPN developers have been enjoying quite a number of downloads all day.
Nigerians love Twitter — with about 40 million using the social media app to connect within and outside Africa.
Speaking to Mary from her home under a cloudy weather in Lagos, the most populous City in the most populous country on the continent, we learnt how continuously turning on VPN to log on Twitter leads to a turn-off feeling as well as her reaction about the current state of the country:
“Starting with the Twitter ban for me, it has affected me as a content creator. I use the platform to share contents with my audience but since the implementation of the ban I rarely interact with the app
“Situation of things in the country is really getting out of hand. I always find myself ranting about it with my family and friends. And it gets worse daily
“In terms of security, if I don’t have any valid reason for going out, I usually stay indoors,” she said.
As we rounded up the interview, she prays the government lifts the ban at the end of the day and urged the government to pay security authorities with what they truly deserve in order to encourage effective protection of lives and properties in the country.
By Elijah Christopher
Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.