Hauwa Gambo: Of Omojuwa and those like him (YNaija FrontPage)

 

But, you see, unlike Omojuwa and his passionate young friends, they actually end up doing nothing. It’s all sound and fury, signifying nonsense, masking their own impotence. They are glad to point at his flaws and laugh at his errors, and then sit back, rubbing their bellies.

On Sunday, he did it again: channeling anger, over the unfortunate events at Aluu in Port Harcourt, where four students were killed senselessly based on accusations of theft, he declared with all the pompousity of a balloon: “I will never set foot in Aluu!”

What nonsense! It doesn’t make any sense to smear an entire community because of the offence of a handful of bloodthirsty animals; and really, who cares if blogger and activist Japheth Omojuwa goes to Aluu or not? What impact or lack of it will his presence or absence have?

So yes, it is difficult not to get supremely irritated by the sometimes-obstreperous young man. He has once threatened to shut down the Twitter accounts of people who disagree with him, he has used severely gender-specific pejoratives against a woman who disagreed with him on Twitter, and he finds it impossible to ignore or forgive any slight, real or imagined.

He brings the same baggage to the issues he is passionate about – crying louder than the bereaved. And oh of course his critics are there, always ready to point out his excess, his grandiosity, his arrogance, his tweet-to-noise ratio, his constant sniping for what they call attention and relevance. Indeed, it can be difficult to make any sense of the noise that the likes of Omojuwa make, or to see any redeeming value apart from more people paying attention to them.

So maybe the critics are right.

Or maybe not.

They abused him when he took up #ABSURape along with others. They said he was a Twitter champion, hiding behind his handle and making noise that would lead nowhere. All he wanted was attention they said: this Twitter generation! All noise! No action! The collective noise he fed however led to an international outcry and forced the hand of the Abia State, as well as the Federal Government – soon enough, NGOs had stepped in to save the girl.

Occupy Nigeria came, and they said he was a lightweight. An agent of the opposition. Ineffectual! Unable to do anything! They will make heir noise and nothing will happen, they said! Nigerians in Lagos and Abuja cannot come out to protest. Nothing can be organized based on social media. And yet again, with a name derived from social media and networks built through social media, the hugest rallies that Nigerians have ever organized swept the country and beyond, rattling its president till this day.

They took a look at the #SaveOke campaign, and said ‘This boy again’ – people are tired of donating money. You people should stop wasting time on my timeline. They called it the; cause of the week’, a passing fad, which would lead nowehere and soon die down. Until Nigerians began to donate. And donate. And donate. And then the Delta government did. And Oke was sent abroad, and Oke was treated.

#ArikWhereisMyiPad, an inchoate, sometimes confusing campaign was meant to be his Waterloo. The critics cheered, hoping incongruously that this one time Arik’s intransigence and total disrespect for the customer would shut Omojuwa up.  You will be blacklisted for life, they said. Arik has no time for this small boy, they sneered. Shameless futile blackmailer, they smeared. Then one day, like a thief in the night, Arik calls the 28-year-old for a peace meeting and replaced his iPad with apologies and a request for him to sheathe swords. Even more importantly, the way that monster Arik treats the small guy has most certainly been changed for good.

But the job of the cynic is never done.

The matter of the #Aluu4 is here again, and they have come out of their shells – throwing stones, sharing blame, speaking wisely and sagely from their thrones about what the activists and campaigners are doing wrong. How much more effective they could be, why their passion is mis-channeled. Why they should shut up and not show any rage – because the rage will lead nowhere.

All of this, while they change nothing but their status updates, while they stand guilty of that same thing which they accuse everyone else of; dirty sharp tongues, aimless wit and sarcasm, reloaded. They have come again.

But, you see, unlike Omojuwa and his passionate young friends, they actually end up doing nothing. It’s all sound and fury, signifying nonsense, masking their own impotence. They are glad to point at his flaws and laugh at his errors, and then sit back, rubbing their bellies.

They try nothing; they risk nothing. And because of this, so they change nothing.

Newsflash: I have no use for them. Neither does Nigeria.

 

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Comments (18)

  1. Omojuwa is the next MrfixNigeria. Make him an SA, and you will see his true colour. The young man even lied that he had a meeting with Sir Ararume of Arik just to score some cheap points, and also lied about complementary tickets. Ole, he for wait for the N50m na.

    Noise maker!

  2. lol…..yet another tweep blowing an "overlord" 's trumpet. your reward duly awaits you…more followers!

  3. Who is Hauwa Gambo?

    1. bro, u will soon get to know her. omojuwa will be making a lot of noise about her soonest

  4. I agree with Hauwa. I do not know a lot about this Omojuwa and from the things Hauwa has pointed out about him, I doubt that I would be following him on twitter. However, one has got to admire and commend him for not just being a twitter nuisance blowing hot air with his vociferous views. In his way, he highlights pertinent issues and has actually gotten results – re the Arik matter and the Save Oke campaign. He's sort of like Linda Ikeji in the sense that though Linda seems to mainly focus on inane celebrity gossip with her blog, she also does quite a bit of good – case in point the Blessing story where she worked and fought for the freedom of a young orphan girl that was unjustly imprisoned for a crime she didn't commit. She has also used her blogging to highlight and raise funds for people with health issues. I recall about two cases where she did this and government, NGOs got involved to raise the needed funds.

    So before you bad mouth and criticize people like Omojuwa and co, examine yourself properly…

  5. Hauwa hugest? Nice write up though. Like his methods or not, he gets his results. At least he stood up and he's making tins happen. Those of U making noise criticizing him, wat have y'all achieved? Nothing.

  6. Unlike Omojuwa you are almost fake; nearly so. What exactly did you set out to achieve with this post? Have you all stopped to think for a minute, WHAT DOES OMOJUWA DO FOR A LIVING?I mean what is his day job? Or he being paid from all his activism. And as we know such things shouldn't pay. At least it didn't pay Fela Kuti . Or does it pay Seun and Femi? Let truth me said Omojuwa is in this for his personal GAIN. HE DOES CARE FOR NIGERIAN, AND NIGERIA WILL DO WELL WITHOUT HIM. And the writer,who i think lives on a tree in Sagamu, put your feet for something or you will remain nothing!

  7. very well written, I couldn't agree more! it is the easiest thing to criticize, but when it is time for action, we rarely find anyone! Yes, there may be some excesses, but there are still results! And 'Constructive Criticism' would be more appreciated.

  8. What's the point of this piece?

  9. This is a confusing article, the writer is neither here nor there. What exactly is the whole essence of this write up??

  10. Well, the author of the article is just as cheap as Omojuwa; the 2 of you are doing rock star activism. Why don't just shut up and ignore him ? You had to waste your time to write this? Well, you are try to earn cheap credibility and it sucks!

  11. Very well written… "But, you see, unlike Omojuwa and his passionate young friends, they actually end up doing nothing. It’s all sound and fury, signifying nonsense, masking their own impotence. They are glad to point at his flaws and laugh at his errors, and then sit back, rubbing their bellies.

    They try nothing; they risk nothing. And because of this, so they change nothing.

    Newsflash: I have no use for them. Neither does Nigeria."

  12. LOL! Nicely written.

  13. Haters of Omojuwa can go hug transformer! He is d face of real Nigerian youths fighting a just cause. So why d envy of dis young man?

  14. Am still trying to understand this write up

  15. I like this write-up! Criticize him alll you want Omojuwa gets results

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