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There is no doubt that we are living in a time where our digital existence is as important as the real deal. From the era of Yahoo/Msn chat rooms to Hi 5, Myspace; we are now in the generation of Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat. It is actually impossible to find anyone who isn’t on at least one or two of these social media platforms under the age of 30.
Characterised by drama, ‘shade throwing’, and ‘clapbacks’, it is easy to conclude that the Internet space is now the new ‘street’. Somehow words have replaced bullets, and fans/followers are the new gang members. Major companies and brands are not lagging behind, as they are quickly embracing and understanding the impact of the Internet on the general public. With the help of the human factor, also referred to as bloggers and ‘internet’ celebrities, they are taking advantage of the current 4th industrial revolution. The ability of bloggers to endorse and promote products, services, and everything else, they are quickly becoming the middlemen of the 21st century industrialisation.
In this issue, we feature three fast rising social media stars; Bizzle, Dodos, and Zina as our cover personalities. These 3 are undoubtedly iconic individuals, making waves in their respective fields and influencing youth culture in Nigeria. Especially through their activities online. We also feature Temi Otedola (the beautiful and eloquent fashion blogger on the rise) in an editorial where she gives her own interpretation on some of this years spring and Instagram inspired trends.
This issue is also packed with perfect fashion finds, as we focus on the 2 must have accessories this season, as well as a master class on how to win the battle of the sexes in the bedroom in our date/fight night editorial.
It is undeniable that the Internet has revolutionised how we communicate. Although the importance of twitter and Instagram are undeniable, social media platforms tend to be a double-edged sword. Our activities on these platforms expose some of the fundamental problems we have as a nation, mainly with human rights, mental/emotional trauma, and sexual violence. Shedding more light on some of these problems is a piece written by Seyi Fajemirokun a young promising writer in the aptly titled feature; ‘the girl who cried rape’.
Nigeria is undoubtedly the Lion of Africa and in the words of Mandela, “The world will not respect Africa until Nigeria earns that respect. The black people of the world need Nigeria to be great as a source of pride and confidence”. We are a nation not only plagued by corrupt leaders but also a nation that has a nonchalant attitude towards upholding basic human rights and fighting for what is just. I know we can be better and it starts with educating ourselves, owning up to our mistakes, upholding justice and ensuring that the next generation have great foundations on how to be better world citizens.
Happy New Year and welcome to Bold 2.0