TWIPLOMANCY, EVER HEARD THAT WORLD? WELL NIGERIA HAS ADOPTED THIS AND WE THINK WE LIKE IT!
Last weekend, Nigeria as an entity like many other countries around the world adopted Twiplomancy; the use of social network and microblogging website Twitter, by heads of state, leaders of intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), and their diplomats to conduct diplomatic outreach and public diplomacy. Prior to these times, government interacted with citizens solely via radio, television and print media. Internet and technologies around it is reshaping government-citizen relationships around the world.
Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country and the continent’s biggest economy has recently been engaging citizens through social media and the internet in a rather impressive way; from active social media commentary and involvement of government officials to the use of social media by government agencies to communicate. Everyone in the Nigerian social media space knows @officialefcc and the good work they do online. If Nigeria is doing this, expect the rest of Africa to follow suit.
Beyond social media, many government agencies and officials are today communicating their activities, wins and challenges through podcasts, online newsletters, blogs like medium and are sharing files via dropbox and google drive like never before. One might wonder why this is a big deal. Anybody who has interacted with any public office in Nigeria knows how bureaucracy and lack of transparency clogs the wheel of progress in the country - This is indeed a step in the direction and we are here for this.
All around the world today, Twitter plays a key role in news, politics, diplomatic communication and information dispensation. "Twiplomatic" move poses as a potential open door for the world to get to know Nigeria and vice versa. Right now, we can re-write our story.
Clearly, we are getting closer to a more open government and technology is closing the huge one-sided gap the days of 9:00pm NTA news created. We may be slowly coming to the end of our days of poor communication. Follow the Nigeria Handle HERE and Stay updated on events, culture, new developments and news from Nigeria. Currently, in just two days, the handle has over 12,000 followers and the numbers are growing by the day.