Good morning, #Lagos! The countdown begins! Less than a month before we will see your beautiful faces in Lagos for the historic Social Media Week conference! Get excited! We’re drumming up all sorts of great events for you all and we’re excited to meet all of our broddas and sistas — for some of us, it will be a trip home and for others, an amazing experience in a new country.
In the mean time, here is the sixth installment of #WhatsTrendingLagos or #WTLagos, where I provide a small sampling of trending topics, events, etc that we’ve been talking about!
Guinness Nigeria sets new world record for…largest football jersey?: The #SuperEagles jersey in question is about 250ft x 276ft and beats out the previous record holder (Istanbul). The adult beverage company encourages residents to visit the jersey in the Main Bowl of the Teslim Bagolun stadium and sign the jersey with good luck messages. Any die-hard Super Eagles fans in the building? (BusinessDayOnline.com)
Nigerian House of Representatives moves to ban energy drinks: Get your liquid energy while you can, Nigeria. Tuesday, the House of Representatives moved to ban the importation and sale of energy drinks in the country. It doesn’t seem to be an official ban yet, but it might be headed that way. We all know energy drinks aren’t good for us, and the trend of mixing energy drink with alcoholic beverages is a major contributor to reported health risks and even deaths. What do you think?
(source: Bella Naija)
Chelsea footballer kicks ball boy: This has nothing to do with Lagos, really. But football (soccer – come now!! you knew that!) always generates big buzz on social media. Eden Hazard (ironic name in this instance) plays for English team Chelsea ,and the Internet is exploding because he kicked a young ball boy — not the actual soccer ball, but the ball BOY…on purpose…during a game…that was broadcast on television…for…being too slow. I don’t link to violent content of any kind, so if you haven’t heard of it already, just peruse on your own 🙂 The boy is not pressing charges, btw.
New music from Wande Coal ft. Don Jazzy: “Black Diamond of Africa” Wande Coal is back with new music! With Don Jazzy on the track, “The Kick” is getting lots of attention on social media and popular Naija blogs. Listen to it here
(source: Not Just OK)
1M People like Pastor Adeboye (and God) on Facebook: The first Nigerian Facebook brand page to reach 1 million “likes” or “thumbs up” belongs to the renowned Pastor Adeboye. As of right now, 1,006,219 people have liked the page making it the most popular Nigerian fan page on Facebook! Just a little bit of social media news for you. Interesting that the most popular isn’t a musician or footballer. Many conversations we could have about how that reflects the Nigerian society as a whole. Bookmark it and we’ll talk in Lagos soon!
(source: Linda Ikeji)
Move over, Desperate Housewives and RHOA – Naija wives are coming for you: Lekki Wives is a new Nigerian drama that will follow the lives of five women and their quest to do…whatever it is that uppercrust wives do. Lekki is an affluent neighborhood in Lagos state. Interestingly enough, it’s a drama featuring actors, but it’s shot to resemble a reality tv show — complete with “confessional” scenes where the characters speak directly to the audience. See, you say you don’t like the cattiness of these sorts of shows, but I bet you’ll click this link right here and give it a quick look. You just can’t help yourself. I’m not here to judge you…
(source: 360 Nobs)
What did we miss? Got a product, event, song, film, etc that’s got Lagos buzzing? Be sure to follow us on Twitter: @SMWLagos and visit us on Facebook: Social Media Week Lagos and let us know what’s trending in Lagos. Use the hashtag #WTLagos so we can spot you, and you could see your suggestion on next week’s #WTLagos!