Nigerian Elections, Regina Daniels, COZA: 2019 So Far with Viva Naija

Nigerian Elections, Regina Daniels, COZA: Viva Naija Top 3 Trending Topics So Far

2019 so far: where is this year running to? When were we shouting APC/PDP here just now and we’re already in July? Well, luckily, we’ve had plenty of gist to keep us going. In this country, there’s never a dull moment. There’s always something interesting to talk about on sosho midia. In fact, by the time you wonder about gorillas eating millions of naira, you’ll even forget about your own problems.

The first half of this year has come and gone with lots of gist and drama. Let’s take a look at the top three:

General Elections – the 2019 general elections which saw the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari came with so much drama. In fact the drama has not ended till today; the candidate of the opposition party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, rejects the election results and is still in court. The events before, during and after the election are hot gist topics. You remember when the podium collapsed while top PDP members (including the governorship candidate, Isah Muhammad Galaudi) were campaigning in Kebbi back in January? What about the violence that marred Buhari’s (APC) Ogun state’s rally in February? And during the election, there’s just too much gist: thugs, ballot box snatching, MC Oluomo, cancellation of results, violence, INEC, and many more. The general election was massive, no doubt, but was it the biggest gist of the year thus far?

Regina Daniels’ Marriage – Heeeeeeey God! 2019 is the year of Money Stops Nonsense! The marriage of Nigerian actress, Regina Daniels 18, to a 59 year old billionaire, Ned Nwoko, set social media ablaze for a few weeks. Everyone had an opinion on this union. Many Nigerians accused the young actress of marrying for money, as her husband is old enough to be her father or maybe even grandfather. Some blamed her mother for practically ‘selling’ her daughter to the billionaire. And others claimed that it was her life and many would do the same given the opportunity. The actress responded to her critics, telling them to see her as an adult with full cognisance of her decisions and actions, and photos and clips of her have been trending on social media.

The latest Mrs Nwoko might have trended for much longer too if the Church had not suffered a mighty scandal. The COZA gist is still trending and has created mad buzz in the past few days. The gist actually started trending a few weeks ago, when popular Nigerian singer, Timi Dakolo accused Abuja-based pastor, Biodun Fatoyinbo, of sexually violating many ladies who are members of his church.

The gist was gradually fading, until Timi’s wife in an interview, accusing the same pastor of raping her back in 1999. The pastor has refuted the claims, and has even threatened legal action. A lot of other Nigerian celebrities chimed in, with most taking sides with Busola Dakolo (Timi Dakolo’s wife). The hashtag #IstandWithBusolaDakolo and a few others have been trending, fostering a lot of discussion on the issue of rape like never before.  On Sunday, 30th June, there were protests in front of the Abuja and Lagos branches of the church, calling for the pastor to step down from his position as lead, and generally decrying rape. The drama is still far from over and it is expected that the issue will end in court.

Are there other big stories you expected to have made the list? Share yours with us.

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