Class of 2016: These are the 100 most influential Nigerians on Twitter


Writer, activist and senior lawyer, Ayo blazed the trail this year. With his books doing well in the market, he has been a pain in the neck of supporters of the present administration.


Following 21 years post MBA at the prestigious INSEAD and a long service culminating in his serving on the board of GTBank, Andrew Alli waltzed into our consciousness in 2016 with his trademark banter, tact and intensely logical reasoning. We are glad to have him on our timeline and it doesn’t hurt that he is so pleasant to behold. Thank you Lord.


Call him the king of the airways, Osi effortlessly combines his job as a BeatFM OAP with his witty commentaries on politics, pop culture and music. He has come a long way from the man who gained popularity on the TL talking about his bachelor stories and redefined himself as a compere and all round bad guy. Ladies, don’t say we never did anything for you.


On judgement day, Angel Gabriel will show @chydee his tweets and we at YNaija suspect strongly that this might be a deterrent to entering through the pearly gates. The digital marketing genius delivers nuggets of wisdom couched in his mordant, laissez-faire attitude. His greatest strength comes from his ability to latch on to topical issues to create absolutely hilarious posts. Ask Caeser, he has stories to tell.


Erstwhile Aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno continues to be a force on Twitter… however waning that influence may be. His ‘Nuggets with Reno’ continue to attract engagement on the platform and beyond it.


Henry is the man of many talents, a true polymath – a top technology dude, photographer, music enthusiast. Henry is the ultimate married baby boy living the life the good Lord chose. His tweets rankle a number of people, but you can’t deny his genius.


Lawyer, social activist, public speaker, President of Chocolate City Entertainment, Brand ambassador of Chivas Regal. Audu continues to be a pacesetter and role model to the Nigerian youth. There are however whispers that he is up to something in 2019. We continue to observe.


Quietly controversial, yet very relevant, Blossom works with the state-owned oil company, NNPC.


No ‘bio’ required. Linda is simply Linda.


In 2016, BBC economic analyst, Tunji Andrews continued to lend his voice to the various economic conversations on Twitter. Asides the die-hard supporters of the President who don’t like his economic theories and explanations, Tunji commands massive respect on TwitterNG.


Emmanuel Nwachukwu is the typical EPL enthusiast’s delight on weekends and matchdays as his analysis are top notch and mostly devoid of sentiment. An Arsenal fan, Emmanuel’s views on soccer are not taken with a pinch of salt on Twitter as he is worth his salt.


Ladies’ man, his tweets get the ladies swooning. He created one of the memorable moments on TwitterNG in 2016 when a viral tweet of his was ‘borrowed’ by a top brand. He reportedly got heavily compensated for his efforts. Reportedly.


In a year most people complained about recession even with the boundless opportunities around, Damola dared to try something novel with his @irinajo_ng which he describes as ‘’a tour company leading the Nigerian tourism renaissance with the aim of showing the unknown Nigeria to the rest of the world’’. So far, it has being a success with Irinajo organizing trips to Badagry, a suburb of Lagos.


In 2016, his brainchild @BudgITng grew in leaps and bounds. He also got a mention from the overall boss himself, Bill Gates. Influence doesn’t come better than this. It doesn’t.


Pro-PDP? Well, nobody knows, but one thing is for sure; Eloka cannot stand bad governance in any form. So it’s understandable if he has some, no, lots of issues with the Buhari administration.


Asides trying to make tweeps see reason why Nasir el-Rufai is the best thing since sliced bread, she writes music reviews for Foreign exposure? Yes, she’s got that too.


Troll and jolly good fellow, Seyi talks a lot of politics and football. Almost always makes sense. Could be flirty at times though – it’s allowed.


Niyi Abiri is the brain behind the award-winning Ogbomoso based IT Hub @cMapIt. Essentially a ‘silent tweep’, Niyi could get very vocal on issues affecting Nigeria when he wants to, and when he does, he holds no prisoners.


Convener of the popular troll cabal (although her enemies want us to believe the position is under threat). One who is known to be anti-bad governance, she is a Kenya-based Nigerian top executive.


Ladies’ man. Tweets a lot of sense but rarely tweets politics. His engagement rate on Twitter is top notch, hence his inclusion on this list.

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  1. Didn’t see trailer jam show, man United in pidgin

  2. @aremulateef1 Go back and sit, rethink and reorganise your list. You are yet to be there

  3. @yinkanubi should have made this list… nice attempt though. Happy New Year.

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