In my opinion, social media can be a distraction or Inspiration. It all depends on how it is used.
For instance, PROJECT X would be very much impossible without social media. People like Linda Ikeji have built billion naira media empires just via social media.
History has been made, elections has been won and lost, thanks to social media. Just take a look at the Arab spring Uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa, not forgetting 2015 elections in Nigeria. What about Obama’s rise to the presidency in 2008 and 2012? Social media played and continues to play a big role.
Your life can change dramatically on social media. Thanks to social media, we stay in touch with our friends. Thanks to Linkedin, we connect with opportunities. Thanks to sites like http://www.opportunitydesk.com and www.opportunitiesforafricans.com, we stay in touch with information on scholarships, grants, and fellowships.
Social media is a gold mine for the smart, driven, ambitious youth. But it is also a casket for the myopic youth. There are youths who only upload selfies on social media, and chat all day, saying a lot, and yet saying nothing. There are youths who look for lovers every single minute who watch Pornography or try to defraud others. These ones are the distracted.
Social media can be your biggest source of inspiration or your biggest source of distraction. It’s totally up to you. I rest my case.
Ogunbowale Olugbenga is an ICT-trainer and brand strategist who helps unemployed youths get high paying jobs through ICT at his social enterprise, Epower (www.epowerempowers.com). Olugbenga is passionate about Inspiring young minds to smash records and live a life of purpose.
He currently leads a social media team of change agents that serve INSPIRATION FOR THE NATION’s youth at PROJECT X.
He is a fellow of DESPLAY Africa (funded by National Endowment for Democracy, USA) and a fellow of the League of Extraordinary Young people (a highly competitive entrepreneurship accelerator). Olugbenga has won several awards including NYSC merit award, Orator of the year and PIN digital-jobs contest.
OLABISI SAMUEL OLAYIWOLA
While others use social media for their own benefit (like you are doing now), some others get distracted by it, and the fact that someone’s life got destroyed by it doesn’t make it all bad! Cos someone else’s life got improved by it. It depends on the youth themselves
Bottom line is this! Inspiration or Distraction, It is solely your own decision!
Olabisi Samuel olayiwola is a graduate of Local government administration from OAU. A writer, creative thinker, idea developer and problem solver. He is the founder and team leader of Project70six Foundation and is also the CEO of SNOW-WHYTE CLEANINGS AND MAINTENANCE SERVICE!
JUDE ATA ENE
I think social media has distracted lots of youths who expend excess time on Instagram, Facebook, twitter etc. on entertainment even when they are supposed to be meaningfully engaged with things that will add value to their lives. This is sadly the case for most Nigerian youths today although we have a “microscopic few” as hon Patrick would say, who do not allow the social media distract them 100 percent.
Jude Ata Ene is an Advocate, Volunteer and Political Analyst.
He has been advocating professionally since 2013 and has worked as a Legal Counsel in 2 International Law firms in Lagos Island.
Between May and September 2012 He interned at the Edo State House of Assembly under the Legislative Internship (LIP) Programme of the Africa Leadership Forum (ALF) a premier Non Governmental Organisation in Africa.
He has a Diploma and a Bachelor Degree in Law from the University of Abuja, Nigeria. He has a Proficiency Certificate in Management from the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM Chartered) and is a member of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Lagos (NIIA). He has participated in online Courses by United Nations Institute of Training and Research (UNITAR) and trainings by LEAP Africa.
In addition to Advocacy, Jude Volunteers as a Volunteer Tutor for Volunteer Corps Ng, a Non Governmental Organisation in Lagos, Nigeria. Jude’s dream is to change the World (although not like Hitler), He loves reading, watches Football, lives in Nigeria and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org