Surviving the Twitter Ban

Today marks 222 days since Twitter was banned in Nigeria. Thankfully that is now history as the social media network has been unbanned.

On June 5 2021 when the ban went into effect, I had to look for alternatives. Although in possession of a smartphone, I didn’t want to install a VPN on my phone.

This was due to the very valid fear of police crackdowns. As a result of this, the search for a browser-based alternative began.

My search revealed the Opera browser has an in-built VPN so I got the latest version installed on my laptop.

Since then till the present moment, I have been active on Twitter using the browser.

Now that elections are here, the ban has been lifted. From tomorrow, everyone should be able to browse Twitter normally.

Once I confirm this, I intend to install Twitter on my phone again.



Jack Dorsey Resigns from Twitter

The CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey has just resigned.

In this thread you can view his resignation letter on Twitter.


A Thread on Benin Bronzes

I found this thread on Edo artefacts on Twitter. It made me proud to originate from Edo state.

Check it out here.


Edocated Initiative is Organising Her 6th Seminar on Edo Culture

Edocated Initiative is organising her 6th seminar on Edo culture titled: “Morning Salutations in Edo”. Morning salutations are called “Ukhu” in Benin and are peculiar only to the Edo people.

One of the reasons you have to be at the seminar, is to know the story behind your “Ukhu” and to understand its links to your lineage.

Salutations are a practice that are peculiar and significant to the Edo people basically because of the role they play in unifying the people, linking them to their ancestry and also allowing people to easily identify their relatives through their “Ukhu”. In the olden days people could easily identify non-indigenes or slaves in their midst.

The “Ukhu” preserves every family’s story passing it from generation to generation. Also the Edo people also used their “Ukhu” to show their loyalty or disloyalty. Greeting “Ukhu” is also a mark of respect for one’s elders.

Different topics to be covered at the seminar include:

  • Identifying the Family Morning Salutations in Edo
  • Edo Language and Meanings of the Different Morning Salutations in Edo
  • The Origin of Morning Salutations in Edo
  • Responding to Salutations (Ukhu) in Edo
  • Significance of the Edo Morning Salutation in the contemporary world
  • Strategies to help Families Teach and Preserve Edo Morning Salutations

Through this event Edocated Initiative intends to reawaken and preserve this age long tradition and drive home its importance, especially among young people.

About Edocated Initiative

Edocated Initiative is an NGO dedicated to reviving and promoting the traditions, history, values, arts and culture, of the Edo nation.

Training Programs

Digital Women Bootcamp Cohort II

In pursuance of her mission to increase the representation of African women in Tech , promote retention and close the skills gap for women in tech careers, #MumsWhoCode is happy to announce that the application window for Digital Women Bootcamp (Cohort II) is now open.

This virtual bootcamp is designed to equip women especially mums with tech skills for inclusive tech participation, career boost and economic benefits.

We seek to raise more awareness, encourage the entry and retention of more women in tech careers by providing digital skills training to women in Nigeria and other Anglophone African countries.

Training Period: November 14th, 2021 – January 28th, 2022
(including a 2-week break between 18th December and 6th January).

Prospective applicants should note the following:

  1. This bootcamp is targeted at women between 22- 44 years of age
  2. A functional laptop computer is an important requirement for the coding classes
  3. Attendance is mandatory for all live virtual classes
  4. Beneficiaries would be required to submit a capstone project
  5. Beneficiaries can only sign-up for one training track

Application Link :

To volunteer as a facilitator, click here

For sponsorship and other enquiries, kindly mail: