By Maria Ude Nwachi
It has become very necessary for me to pen this, so that many working as social
media aides for various politicians, prominent figures, and other, will take note and learn
one or two things. I am a professional image maker. I have carved a niche in the
profession, and can say authoritatively that I am the only one in this country that is
practicing it in the manner I operate. I do everything from the photography, editing of
the photos, graphics, to creating the write-ups, contents and much much more. I also
offer training packages for social media aides. I first practiced it for Governor Jeb Bush
during the hotly contested 2002 Florida election. He eventually won, but narrowly. Then
I got into it fully here in 2009; just as I created the then only home of Igbos here on
Nigeria FB and some major news & information pages; just as Nigerians were
discovering Facebook and other social media fora.
OGA PAY ATTENTION: If you are a politician or a prominent figure, you must pay
attention what those paid aides or staunch supporters are writing in social media,
especially on Facebook, if you pay no mind, they can drag your reputation or whatever
is left of it to the mud in a way your own enemies cannot even dare to. Remember,
whatever any of those posts online is seen as you posting it. Whatever they do or say
is seen as you doing it. Pay attention and do not allow those you pay to either bring
your image to the dustbin or keep it there.
TO SOCIAL MEDIA AIDES: Please, listen up: Do not antagonize your audience, when you
decide to work for someone, you are basically doing some kind of image making for
him. Don’t turn it to Image-Tarnishing. Below are some tips for you:
PHOTO WORK: 40% of image making is centered on photography and its usages.
Photography is the heart and soul of image making, personally, I cannot post any photo
of my client without editing it to perfection, and it must look like it was not edited, that
is my selling point. That said, you do not have to be a photo expert, but you can try
and use a flattering photo befitting to the issue being posted, at all times. These days,
with a camera or phone camera you can snap 100s of photos at once, then take your
time and pick the one/s that fits the post but most importantly that flatters your
principal. Don’t use an image of him where he belly is hanging anyhow or where his
posture looks bad. Be discerning, use your discretion aptly, pay attention to the images
you use of him.
DON’T TAUNT YOUR AUDIENCE: Do not taunt your audience, do not antagonize them. I
am starting to feel that some social media aides are attracting hate and attacks on
themselves to prove to their principals that they can take hit for them. This is highly
unnecessary and counter productive. Your principal did not ask you to go and be
attacking anyone on Facebook, they did not send you such message. You are suppose
to be a filter to your principal and not the one keeping him permanently on the line of
fire. If you are a glutton for punishment and get some kind of weird high when being
abused, debased and maligned due to your provocative and antagonist posts, masking
as pro-someone, know that you are also damaging the image of your principal. Since
you love being attacked, stand alone, do not drag another person down with you. Best
you post about yourself than post in support of your principal in the most uncouth and
rude manner. You cannot beat a child and tell him not to cry. You can not be speaking
rudely and abusing your audience in your posts and expect them to clap for you, they
will abuse the heck out of you but sadly they will also be abusing your principal, who
has more to lose than you. Your audience will habour more disdain for your principal,
because they view you as his spokesperson.
DO NOT REPEAT NEGATIVE TERMS USED ON YOUR PRINCIPAL: I cannot shout this
enough. Iyanga go dey sleep and trouble will just be waking it. Some social media
aides would keep repeating attack words against their principals in a post in order to
mock the attackers or and also attract more words or war. Well in IMAGE MAKING 101,
you do not repeat negativity, as people generally digest things in different manner, you
might be mocking but someone might shake his head and agree with those NEGATIVE
words, as they might be seeing it for the first time, and sadly, you are the reason they
know of it. You can put up a defense of a negative term without even saying it as is,
but in a situation you must repeat a negative term used on your principal, let it be that
you did it in order to clarify your audience.
PROMOTE YOUR PRINCIPAL: STOP BEING ON THE ATTACKS CONSTANTLY: We live in
a badly governed nation. We live in a rich nation that till date has no 24 hour light
despite all the money that has been looted and it’s being looted by its public officials.
Over 95% of politicians in Nigeria have nothing to offer. Respect the valid anger of your
audience against one politician or another. They have their points, their anger is real, it
is not fake. Don’t get terribly offended at their anger, rather try and understand it, use
your emotional intelligence and follow them, because you can’t even fight the masses,
even your own principal cannot fight the masses when come becomes. You are hiding
under the fact that your principal is in power and has the wherewithal to do and undo to
act like you are invincible and that your principal does not care or need those criticizing
him. WRONG, every politician is a begger, at one point he will beg, even if your principal
is a 2nd term governor, he is still a begger like every politician, he will beg for your
votes, either he is going to the senate or higher, or supporting someone to fill his post.
Be tactful when dealing with your audience. You cannot afford to alienate people from
him. Do not forget your major aim is to change a narrative or to create a narrative, and
you cannot do this with muscle, you do it with tact, prudence and adroitness. No matter
the amount of provocation and abuse, you must hold your peace and respond to
people civilly and in a matter of factly way.
STOP!! Stop churning out posts full of contempt for the masses; the voting base of your
principal. Come on. Stop. Odighi adighide oo. That your principal is powerful today
does not mean he will be powerful tomorrow. You are feeling cool and feeling close to
the man in power, and rather than use the opportunity positively you are on a war part
with every tom and jerry. For no reason. You post every 5 minutes and everything is
just antagonism, oppugnancy, inimicality, bellicosity & animus. Because you feel cool,
close to power and no shaking. Well better stop and use your time on Facebook well.
Use it to promote your principal and not to antagonize the masses. Power, like life, is
ephemeral. Know that.
PREEMPTION: Due to my experience in social media, being the 1st to create a major
news and information hub on Facebook Nigeria, If you show me a post, I can
immediately decipher what the audience will say and how they will respond. I will do
this quite accurately. If I am given a press release from a client, I will never post is as
is, unless it’s exactly the way I would want it to be in order to preempt negative
responses. What I will do is you edit the press release to suit my aim for a client.
FILTER: You are suppose to be a filter for your principal. Just because he said
something does not mean you should quote him verbatim if what he said was not
proper and will bring attacks on him. Go and ahead and clean the part that is not okay
and say it the way it should be said. You are his filter, your job is to make him look
good. Do not be an AGENT PROVOCATEUR. You will be damaging his brand if you
keep on fighting his base. Know this: Your principal is as good as your behavior online.
Whatever you put out there is what he will be judged by.
STRENGTH: When you principal has a serious image problem, do not accelerate an
already bad situation by constantly being combative with those calling him out. What
you do is lash onto his strength, that which you know as truth that he is doing well and
almost doing it better than most, lash onto that and milk it for all it’s worth. If there is
even something he needs to do to improve his image with his people and on social
media never forget to voice it out, if you cannot talk to him directly, find a friendly face
that is close to him and just throw it in; he will take it to your principal. It might work
and your job will be made easier.
APT ENGAGEMENT: A young man presumed to be working for one of the governors in
the eastern state, was being called out for a post he made in support of his principal,
he got into a tiff with one of the female commentators in Igboist, hot words where
exchanged and the lady inboxed to complain about what the young man said to her:
Here is what she inboxed:
“Hello ma, its a pity that you allow people who are not credible enough to put up a post
on Igboist. I have time without number requested that **** politics should not be played
out on your humble group. I made a comment in ********* post on ***** and all he
could say is I should take care of my adopted children. Twins that I had after 13 years
of marriage on my 6th ivf. It is so appalling when you encourage and allow people get
hurt emotionally, psychologically and other wise. I may have to leave the group if ***
politics is not given a break here. I feel so hurt”.
My heart skipped. I was pained as I can feel the hurt. I inboxed the young man, and he
acted sober and I told him to be more guided next time for the sake of those he is
supporting. I sent my number to the lady to contact me, I must do something to
sweeten her soul for this.
Please social media aides, remember your principal has more to lose. Do not ever go
personal with your audience. No matter the provocation do not be abusive towards
them much less going very personal. Your audience is seeing your principal through
your eyes, please be very very careful how you behave online while supporting him.
KNOW THIS: What I do is completely different from what you do as a social media
aide. I cannot do your job and you cannot do mine. I am completely in my own lane,
what I do is mostly done behind the scenes for the client. My duty is simply to make
sure my client is viewed in the best way possible, and whatever I must do to achieve
that, I will do. Social media aides are some of my best resource people. I always work
in synergy with them for the benefit of our shared goal which is to see their principal,
my client, shining brightly always.
TRAINING: I got a job 2 month ago to train and reorient 15 social media aides of a
serving governor. I trained them intensively for 1 week. Taught them certain trade
secrets and so much more. Then trained one of them on how to write and speak as his
principal, how to manage his Facebook walls and other walls. A week later, I was
invited to train the photogs on his team, I did that for two weeks as I had to train them
on photo editing and the act of taking shots for the purpose of image making. And
how to effectively use images to subliminally convey your messages. While I was giving
them the training, I never met the governor in question. I was hired for the job by the
speaker of the state who saw me talking photos at an event, asked who I was, and
was impressed by what he was told. Just 2 weeks ago, I got a call from the governor
himself, whom thanked me for the improvement he has seen with his aides. Why am I
saying all these? Oyibo does not joke with training for good reasons. If you are a high
profile person, make sure you have competent hands handling your social media affairs,
even a 2 day training can forestall a lot. Many of those not doing an effective job do
not intend to do badly, they are doing what they know, if they know better, many of
them will do better.
IMPORTANT – Personal walls: Please, do not allow just anyone to handle your personal
walls. Things done in the 3rd person can be managed, but anything said as you on
your wall that is not apt is simply irremediable. Your personal wall is sacrosanct. Let
only an effective mind and hand speak as you on your walls. 2019 is around the
corner, a good part of the campaign will be centered on social media especially
Facebook which is where we all reside. Do not take Facebook lightly, do not take it for
granted. Rather use it effectively for your goals. As it’s going no where.
In conclusion: Social media aides, please, do all you can to shine the light on your
principal in the most positive way. If you have any problems or issues you feel I can be
of help to you on, please, inbox me and I will help in anyway I can. And you too can
teach me some things. We are all in this together. Thanks all for reading.
Yours sincerely, Maria Ude Nwachi – Ude Ehugbo.
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Amaechi Vows To Release Names Of Those Sabotaging Security
Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has said that cabals are frustrating the recently approved $198m maritime security contract.
Amaechi vowed to publicly mention names of saboteurs while speaking at a Maritime Stakeholders’ Interactive Forum held in Warri, Delta State on Thursday.
He said “Reason, why vessels will not come to the Eastern ports, is because there is war insurance due to insecurity in the ports here.
“The war insurance means if the goods cost N10,000 in Lagos, it will cost N20,000 here because there is an extra cost on it due to Insecurity issues. Even as a minister, I can’t enter a boat ride from Warri to Port Harcourt due to insecurity issues, but I can move around Lagos at any time of the day.
“I once asked a former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, why people from Anambra don’t import from Port Harcourt port, and he said it cost less to import from Lagos and move to Onitsha even with the price they pay on the road. It is cheaper to import from Lagos to Aba, yet Aba to Port Harcourt is a 30-minute drive.
“For shipowners, you need to do a petition to Mr President. The President approved a contract of $195m for maritime security, but there are people in the system sabotaging the contract because it will restore security in the water. I won’t say who they are until it gets out of control. We are still battling for the contract to take place, but if it gets out of place, we will name them publicly, including the security people involved.
“There are people who make billions of Dollars from the insecurity on the water, so they don’t want security on the water because if we secure the water, all their rubbish will go.
“There are businesses which provide the vessel for oil companies in the name of providing security. The moment we secure the water, they are out of jobs?
Prison Officer Brutalizes Son, Injures Him For Playing Football (Graphic)
According to a photographer who shared photos of a teenage boy brutalized by his father, almost went into coma after he sustained a deep injury on his head, just for playing football.
The Nigerian Prisons staff beats his son from 7:00pm till 2:30 am, says report.
See what the photographer/Instagram user wrote..
This happened at Oluwatedo area of Ibadan, Mr Adepoju Biodun is married with three kids,he works with Nigerian prison service Agodi,ibadan.his eldest child is Israel, On 16th February 2018 Israel went to play football and after the football his father beat him from 7:00pm till 2:30am in the early hours of Saturday till he sustained a deep cut on his head with blood everywhere in the house.his the appropriate way to correct or chastise our child. This is beyond chastisement. Israel was beaten to coma before he was later rushed to Don Bosco specialist hospital Ogungbade. I will soon upload the surface area of the deep cut as soon as they open it.his siblings also tolu and praise served severe punishment, they were relieved as soon as Israel was rushed to the hospital. Please share until the appropriate authorities sees this especially Nigerian prisons, UNICEF. #UNICEF #law #crazyfather #ibadan #opayemioludayo
#tolanialli #bayoomoboriowo #michaelomoboriowophotography #ajimobi #florenceajimobi #lawyer #nigerianprison #nigerianprison #freshfm #splashfm #inspirationfm
Beating for your son for playing football? My God.
Someone please remind him how much Neymar is worth per week!!! Kaii
There is another angle to look at this… No father in his right mind would do this to his own son!!! This is a clear case MENTAL ILLNESS/TRUMA probably due to the nature of his work. I am not a psychologist but I know in that in Nigeria we lack the culture of looking out for the signs of mental fatigue amongst our workers in all sector. Military /Paramilitary have no proper way of been evaluated for any form of work trauma. This man could be having or experiencing trauma as the result of the nature of his job. May God help him and his family.
UYO STATE LAWMAKER RESCUES PUPILS AGAIN …DONATES DESKS TO SCHOOL
The member representing Uyo State Constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Monday Eyo Okon, on Friday, donated 120 desks to the pupils of Government Primary School, Aka Offot, Uyo Local Government Area.
Hon. Monday Eyo who described Education as a bedrock of any society, and for any society to make progress, stated that when the foundation that is the primary level of education is well laid, motivated and properly activated, the child who is at the centre of learning is well prepared, informed and sharpened for the future both mentally and physically.
Headmaster of the School, Mr. Simon Edet Eyo, alongside the Village Head of Aka 1, Eteidung Francis, Hon. Kufre Mendi, while receiving the Lawmaker, commended him for his kind gesture and rapid response to the plight of the pupils within the short notice of time.
PDP RESPONSIBLE FOR FUEL HIKE- Don Etiebet …BLAMES OBJ,JONATHAN FOR OIL SPILLS IN NIGER DELTA
Former Petroleum Minister Chief Don Etiebet says the current fuel crisis in Nigeria is caused by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.
Speaking in an interview in Uyo, Chief Etiebet the APC leader in Akwa Ibom explained that the petroleum distribution in Nigeria is controlled by PDP members who are causing the fuel hike to project President Muhammadu Buhari as a failure.
Buhari is the substantive Ministet of Petroleum in Nigeria.
“Who are still controlling the petroleum distribution in Nigeria; it is still the original PDP marketers.”
He attributed the fuel hike to the impending elections in the country, saying it is an attempt by the PDP marketers to discredit APC.
“Election time is coming and they are doing all kinds of thing for petrol not to be available, and what do they want? They want increase I petrol price so that they can use that against APC”
Etiebet, who was minister of petroleum under Gen. Sani Abacha attributed all oil spill in the South-South Zone to illegal bunkering.
He said illegal bunkering in Nigeria where sponsored by the previous Government OF Chief Olusegu Obasanjo and Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
“Many Government in the past even up to the last Government have been supporting illegal bunkering; please quote me, I am the former minister for petroleum and I know the details”
On the proposed reintroduction of onshore/offshore oil dichotomy by the APC restructuring Committee, Dr. Etiebet said there was nothing wrong with the committee report.
“ I believe what the committee meant maybe oil discovered or produced outside that isoba boundary.”
He assured that president buhari has done well for Akwa Ibom with the development programme been seen in all part Akwa Ibom state and urged Akwa Ibom people to rally round him for the re-election of President Buhari in 2019
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