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


‘Twitter Senator’ ‘Common sense Senator’… these are just some of the appellations used in describing him, but the senator representing a Bayelsa Constituency doesn’t care. He must talk because it is his right and he wants to make (un)common sense.


He is vocal on Twitter and respected by many. Not to mention that he is the son of Kaduna governor, Nasir el-Rufai.


Pro-PDP today, anti-PDP tomorrow. That is fine. Who he associates with is his choice to make.


Dr. Olufunmilayo is everyone’s favourite online medical doctor (ours too). He’s the good doctor whose tweets are as educative as they come as he spares his time debunking medical myths and talks a lot of health issues with emphasis on reproductive health.


Dr. Yemi Kale is the Statistician General of the Federation as well as the CEO of the Nigerian National Bureau of Statistics. This handle is perhaps, the authorized handle to dish out Nigeria’s economic statistics. The ritual which is done quarterly is one a lot of people do not look forward to, as it reminds us how bad the economy is doing.


He is Governor of Kaduna State but that doesn’t seem to have tempered him as his tweets still come out fiery… A section of Twitter wants him to run for president, and of course, there is another section that can’t bear to entertain the thought. We watch.


The official account of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar keeps setting the pace on how public figures should engage. The account tweets about solving the problems with Nigeria’s political structure, the economic issues and what have you. A lot of observers believe he is going to give the Presidency another shot in 2019.


Former management staff at UBA and Hewlett-Packard, Etienne is MD of TD Africa and a major player in the Nigerian tech space. For some strange reasons, Etienne chooses to be incommunicado, but we fished him out. Top, top guy.


Twitter Nigeria’s ‘Mr. Know-it-all’. Cheta always seems to have something to contribute whatever the topic may be. Politics, history, economics or even football (he’s an avid Juventus supporter), bring it on. Cheta’s contributions to any topic whatsoever are insightful and further drives the conversation.


Convener of the BBOG group and a staunch advocate of active citizenship.


The Special Adviser on media and publicity to President Buhari has trended on Twitter regularly in the course of 2016 as always says things that manage to come out as insensitive. We hope 2017 will be a better year for him and his team.


The Senator from Kaduna is Mallam Nasir el-Rufai’s arch-nemesis, and he seems to have dedicated his Twitter account to the cause of attacking the governor.


The official handle of Nigeria’s foremost financial crime fighting agency has in the course of the year become the chief trolling agency in the country. Arsenal fans won’t forget the ‘’Not our fourth’’ trolling from the handle in December 2016. Troll on guys.


Do you remember that very nosy class captain back then in primary school who’s always ready to report all our activities to the class captain? That is right. We are referring to Ambodeobsava. S/he sees everything going on in every nook and cranny of Lagos and reports them to the governor. Very funny and witty handle, it is the delight of many a tweep.


Gossy, a Higher Education investor founded BAU Research and Development in 2012, and it has grown in leaps and bounds. 2016 was a big year for him as the Qatar Foundation named him as one of the 50 Global Makers and Shakers of EdTech. In March 2016, he was a finalist on the Young CEO of the year 2016 award by the Africa CEO Forum.


The UK based economist who was one of Buhari’s biggest promoters in 2015 came out to issue a not-so-subtle apology this year and that got people talking. But did the ‘apology’ sway people? We think not.


When he is not touring the world, Seun is on Twitter criticizing government and speaking for the downtrodden. His dad (the legendary Fela Anikulapo-Kuti) must be proud.


This is the indisputably most reliable security/defence Twitter handle in Nigeria. When it isn’t talking about Nigeria’s war against Boko Haram in the North-east, it’s discussing military history and also the cache of sophisticated weapons owned and operated by the Nigerian army.


Fola is one of Nigeria’s more popular OAPs. She is keen on girl rights and tweets actively on the topic.


Mr. Shogunle is perhaps, the e-face of the Nigerian Police due to his position as Assistant Commissioner of Police, Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit. He is always on Twitter engaging and embarking on sensitization programs, to launder the battered image of the police. And he has done that very well.


Do you agree with the list or not? Let’s have your thoughts in the comment section.

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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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