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


Mercy is an acclaimed international journalist and the brain behind NewswireNGR.


2016 was easily the year of the BahdGuy. The qualified lawyer-turned-rapper literally took over the radio airwaves, concert stages, our social media feeds. We are not planning to bet against FalzTheBahdGuy this year so we watch and cheer him on as he continues to dazzle. Cool sturves!


Amara Nwankpa is a Director, Public Policy Initiative. Cool, suave and what have you, he says what he wants to say without fear. And his impartiality draws many to him.


The President. He represents everything about the Nigerian state of mind so why not? If our president doesn’t make this list, who will? Almost two years in power, President Buhari is apparently doing his best to steer the nation’s ship aright but it’s clear that his best is not enough. Two years more for him to make the change visible or….


The Minister of State for Petroleum’ dress sense got us all wowed. He started the year as Minister for Petroleum but ended as Minister of State for Petroleum – a junior post. But that is fine.


Lawyer, strategist and pro-PDP, Ayokunle was involved in a lot of controversies last year. The vocal tweep remains one of Pres. Buhari’s harshest critics on Twitter.


The official handle of the Chairman of the Nigerian Human Rights Commission as is expected has taken the government to task over its flagrant abuse of human rights. Recently, the handle has been very vocal about the inhumane treatment meted on Sheikh Al Zakzaky and the government’s reluctance to obey court judgements.


Osita Chidoka served under the government of Goodluck Jonathan – that has brought him under fire whenever he chooses to tweet as many people see him as one who has only chosen to portray himself as a champion of the Igbo cause.


A member of ‘chilled Twitter’; Those married men who are just on Twitter to chill and never taking it serious as life itself is not too serious.


National Youth Leader of KOWA Party (is KOWA truly National?). Well, Jude is the national youth leader of this party and he sure deserves to be on this list.


He is the Director-General, Bureau of Public Service. He engages tweeps on public policy and sometimes, trolls.


Jaja used to be social media director for KOWA party but not presently – we think. Anyways, Jaja is intelligent and has his loyal followers on the platform.


This handle tweets straight from the Presidency, so if you want to know what their thoughts are right there in Aso Rock this is one handle to follow.


He touts himself as a ‘non-partisan Nigerian who only cares about Nigeria’ even though many see him as someone who only cares about the President’s image.


Boss! Nothing more needs to be said.


Ajere Michael is arguably Nigeria’s best music producer, and even though the year started in a rather controversial note for him majorly due to his spat with Olamide at the 2015 Headies, he has remained on top of his game. His Twitter engagements continue to be very civil – even to those who don’t agree with him.


Top man at Mind Capital, Mark Amaza’s mode of engagement endears him to many. Twitter however seemed to notice his NHBi interactive (Thursday-Thursday special) didn’t go on this year. Here’s hoping he sees this and remedies his breach by reviving it.


Leke Alder is the top man at Alder Consulting.


Some call her the heir apparent to Linda Ikeji but is she really? We feel Tosin Ajibade (the brain behind the blog) is doing so well for herself by carving a niche. And we are proud of her.


The technology maestro is officially the chief wailer of Nigeria and widely acknowledged sage. He commands a huge following among pro-PDP folks.

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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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