13 Stories That Broke The Internet 2017 First Half
The first half of year 2017 is almost over, and this is not without some Nigerian stories that broke and rocked the social media world, keeping everyone on their toes. All thanks to this digital era and the ease of accessing information which keeps us in the know at all times.
On March 30, a young heartbroken chap went on a date with a lady expecting to start a relationship with her but she wasn’t interested. This got him angry and he took to twitter to insult the lady calling her a hungry girl. She maturely responded by transferring N5000 to his Wema bank account stating the exact amount he spent on their date and asked him to keep the change hence the #KeepTheChangeBae that broke Twitter that day. This brought fame to both of them with brands and individuals alike jumping on this trend. Well, we also weren’t left out in this.
Kechi Okwuchi is one of two survivors from the Sosoliso crash that happened in 2005. And in June, 2017, she got everyone talking with her spectacular performance at 2017 America’s Got Talent which saw her making it to the next round of the competition. The plane crash incident made Kechi undergo more than 100 surgeries, including skin grafts in the US as a result of the severe burns which had all over her body. Doctors placed pins to support her hands but this didn’t stop her from reaching for greatness.
In May 2015, precisely 10 years after she survived the horrific accident, Kechi graduated with a First Class degree from St. Thomas University, Texas, and was inducted into six academic honor societies.
Nigeria’s most notorious and high profile kidnapper; Evans, whose original name is Chukwudidumeme Onuamadike was unmasked in the month of June and this victorious feat has been dominating the cyberspace in the country with many more shocking revelations about his notorious acts. For seven years, suspected dare-devil kidnapper, Evans has been escaping police dragnet. He confessed to having been behind virtually all the high profile kidnap incidents in places like Lagos, Port Harcourt, Onitsha, and Aba.
His arrest on Saturday, June 10, 2017 came just few weeks after many members of his gang, including his second and third in command, were rounded up at different locations in the country. This happened after one of their victims, Donatus Dunu, a wealthy owner of a pharmaceutical company at Ilupeju, Lagos, escaped miraculously from the hideout where they kept him for months.
The kidnap kingpin who is married to Precious and has 5 children will face death penalty as Lagos state Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has signed into law Life Imprisonment or death penalty for the offence of Kidnap and forceful extortion in Lagos State as he signs into law the state kidnapping prohibition bill, 2016.
4. Titan of the Obas
We will not be quick to forget the viral video of the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, refusing to shake the hand of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi. This 25 seconds video made rounds across online media platforms. The Ooni of Ife arrivied at an event which also had other dignitaries in attendence and walked over to greet the Oba of Lagos, sitting beside another Oba, but as soon as he offered the Oba of Lagos his hand, Oba Akiolu looked away and dismissed him with a wave of the hand.
The embarrassed monarch quietly returned to his seat.
Early in May, Eighty-two of the more than 200 Chibok school girls kidnapped in northeast Nigeria in 2014 were rescued and met with President Muhammadu Buhari after a prisoner swap deal with Boko Haram secured their release. This happened some six months after 21 of their classmates were freed with the help of international mediators.
President Buhari left Nigeria for the United Kingdom on May 7 for a follow-up consultation with his doctors and however stayed longer than the stipulated time, this brought about rumors of his death. The Nigerian government, however, issued an official statement on the president’s health status, saying that any news of his demise was only rumor.
The CCTV footage that revealed how a four-man armed robbery gang stormed and attacked a Zenith Bank in Wetheral road Owerri on February 22, 2017 went viral in June with Nigerians commending the efforts of the policeman. One lost his life at the spot and three others lost their lives later on in the hospital leaving only one surviving policeman who is currently battling to regain his health.
The release of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, made waves this first part of the year. He was granted bail on health grounds by the Federal High Court in Abuja.
This happened because Justice Binta Nyako was convinced that Kanu was ill and needed more medical attention than the Nigerian Prisons were giving him. She however, gave 12 conditions which Mr Kanu must fulfill to be released on bail, and to continue to enjoy his temporary freedom.
9. The large amount of money found in a private residence in Ikoyi got many searching for the story online
In April of this year, the Lagos operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, found $38 million, £27,000 and N23 million in a private residence on Gerrard Road, Ikoyi, Lagos. It was later learnt that the money was a discreet allocation released to the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) for major but covert security projects
10. Nigerians took to Google to search for Anthony Joshua
Anthony Joshua a British professional boxer of Nigerian descent became the unified world heavyweight champion by defeating Ukrainian Vladimir Klitschko.
The crowned unified world heavyweight boxing champion made a visit to Nigeria in August with the government congratulating him on his new feat. A lawmaker representing Sagamu 1 in Ogun state moved a motion for the renaming of the Gateway Stadium to that of the boxing champion on the floor of the assembly.
11. The xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in South Africa ruled the internet this first half of 2017
Nigerians living in South Africa came under attack by local vigilantes. Many suffered only the destruction of their homes and business while some who lost their lives were not so lucky and this severed the relationship between Nigeria and South Africa.
In 2015, there was an occurrence of such attack on nationals of foreign countries where Nigerians and Zimbabweans bore the brunt of the violence. That particular incident was attributed to the inciting words of the Zulu king who called on all foreigners to leave the country. Prior to this time, other there attacks has been reported in 1998, 2000, 2008, 2009 and 2013.
12. The depreciation of the U.S. dollar against Nigeria’s Naira
The dollar, after moving up like a rocket going to space, lost speed sometime in April as the Nigerian naira strengthened to N425 per dollar at the parallel market. This is being hailed as a relief after remaining at N500 per dollar rate in the last few months preceding the breakthrough.
13. Efe won the 2017 Big Brother Nigeria Show
Efe winning the big brother Nigeria show 2017, erupted Nigerians in celebration as the internet went wild with jubilation.
His win didn’t come as a surprise as it was expected. He had been touted as the winner throughout the duration of the show and many Nigerians made sure he won by the way they canvassed for votes on his behalf. Rallies were organized for him, with prayer sessions being held. People think he won because of his down to earth nature and the fact that people could relate to him.
Watch out for our post on 2017 in review…..