Nigeria's Twitter ban leaves some businesses in the lurch

Lagos-based entrepreneur Ogechi Egemonu was selling more than 500,000 naira (R16 696,50) worth of watches, shoes and handbags on Twitter per week.

2021-06-15 01:03:00 AM

Lagos-based entrepreneur Ogechi Egemonu was selling more than 500,000 naira (R16 696,50) worth of watches, shoes and handbags on Twitter per week.

Lagos-based entrepreneur Ogechi Egemonu was selling more than 500,000 naira (R16 696,50) worth of watches, shoes and handbags on Twitter per week.

Image:Lagos-based entrepreneur Ogechi Egemonu was selling more than 500,000 naira (R16 696,50) worth of watches, shoes and handbags on Twitter per week.Now, with the site suspended by the Nigerian government, Egemonu does not know how she will cope.

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"Social media is where I eat," she told Reuters."I depend on social media for my livelihood."Scores of small and medium-sized businesses across Africa's most populous nation - and largest economy - are reeling from the indefinite suspension of the social media site.

Nigeria announced the suspension on June 4, days after the platform removed a post from President Muhammadu Buhari that threatened to punish regional separatists. Most telecommunications sites have since blocked access.NOI Polls estimates that 39.6 million Nigerians use Twitter - 20% of them for business advertisement and 18% to look for employment. Experts warn its lack of ready availability - it is accessible using Virtual Private Networks that mask location - could ripple across the economy. headtopics.com

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