by Rachel Ogbu
New reports have suggested that there is a surge in nude pictures from Nigerian girls trending on Twitter.
According to the report, ladies who have made this act a hobby employ hashtags to string together these obscene pictures to get them easily noticeable by other Twitter users. For instance, some of them use hashtags such as #boobsmonday, #boobsfriday and post their nude photographs all in the name of getting noticed and breaking into trending topics on the social service
Pretty osaro ♥ [email protected] is a notorious nude poser on Twitter, her account was even suspended but she clawed her way back in. “My previous account was suspended, if you don’t like what I do kindly unfollow or f..k out of my timeline,’’ she says.
WHO WANTS MORE NUDE PHOTOS?
— Pretty osaro ♥ (@SEXYDivaOsaro) May 28, 2013
Osaro had reportedly posted the same nude pictures to Nigerian music artistes, Wizkid and Davido and then tweeted at reality star Kim Kardashian. “Am I not hotter than @Kimkardashian? @KimKardashian, I love you so much please retweet me.’’
Executive Director, West Africa NGO Network, Tunji Lardner describes the development as a “really bad behaviour’’.
“These are invariably young and immature people grappling with the need for popularity and acclaim from their peers. This is just another manifestation of the ongoing breakdown of our social order and the loss of parental control and oversight of our digital children with analog parents,’’ he said.
“Everything lives forever on the Internet. Those pictures posted will be archived and someday retrieved, and can most certainly come back to haunt you, perhaps when you are looking for a job or even when you want to get married.’’
“Those involved can start by changing the quality and contents of their online discourse. Use these powerful technologies to interrogate the political system, ask the tough questions, find the tough answers and hold their leaders accountable for their misdeeds.’’
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Other girls equally interested are lured into posting their own nude pictures on the social site by employing the use of the hashtags for the day — such as #boobstuesday on a Tuesday, which make their nude pictures travel fast and go viral.
In the usual manner in which desperate girls seeking fame on social media do, Osaro has at one time or the other reached out to celebrities who make use of Twitter to retweet her to the hundreds of thousands of their fans.
Other Twitter users with the names Bayelsa Queen and Ha Royal Sexcellency regularly trend on Twitter, posting their nude pictures. Besides, there is a nude picture being credited to one Adefope Temilola, which has been circulating on Twitter for over two months.
Speaking on the ways of stemming the tide in the country, Lardner observes that it is difficult to legislate morality on a global and virtual platform like the Internet. According to him, the responsibility for the moral tone and content of youth participation in social media still rests with society at large.
“Their engagement on these platforms and the quality of their discourse is a direct reflection of the society’s prevailing norms. But there should be an understood code of conduct that is widely disseminated, spelling out the pitfalls of the dark side of social media.
“Perhaps the traditional media can help evolve this standard, and there is no need to reinvent the wheel. There is a considerable body of work that deal with youth and the use of social media,’’ he adds.