By Sesan Rufus Awobiye
Following the pace at which Nigerians use social media to disseminate information, both good and bad, Nigerian Women’s Right Activist, Joe Okei Odumakin has urged the good people of Nigeria to use their social media platforms to educate and help the country grow instead of abuses.
Odumakin while speaking as a guest speaker and Awardee at the Maiden Awards and Gala night of Momentous Prestigious Magazine held on Sunday, October 22 at LCCI Conference and Exhibition Centre in Alausa, Lagos, called on all Nigerians, and journalist to emulate Momentous good qualities of disseminating information.
Odumakin while acknowledging the Publisher’s good quality said: “I like your zeal, your doggedness and your commitment. You are a great man, an organiser of men and women. In terms of disseminating the right and correct information, check Momentous Magazine. Nigerians should emulate from him. We should use the social media platform to educate and build the nation rather than abuses.’
She warned the well meaning Nigerians to stay off from the negative side of social media and stand on the right path, ” Meeting people through social media and bastardizing people’s name will not help. At the end, you will either say, you were sold out, or bought over or ignorant,”
“Let us try to use the social media space to educate. When we get news, let’s us confirm the authenticity of that news before using them. Momentous is doing a great job on that aspect, others should follow suit,” she said.
She faulted government for failing in their responsibilities of providing walfare and education for the people hence the abuse social media space. According to her, if people are educated, they won’t be on social media and harassing people.
Joe Okei Odumakin while bragging about the nation, said: “I have traveled all over the world, but, Nigeria is still my best. Anywhere I go, my green passport is what I am very proud of and we must make Nigeria work.”
“Nigeria must work in our own life time. Let’s try as much as possible to contribute our own quarter. Rufus, Publisher of Momentous Prestigious Magazine is contributing his own quarter using his magazine. We have Imams, pastors, teachers, students, so anywhere we are, let’s use that platform to contribute to our quota,” he urged Nigerians.
Odumakin who used the medium to talk about Mohbad’s death said: For those who heard the cry of Mobad and refused to do anything, those people are culpable. That 27 years old guy died, it’s a very painful death. And not until he gets justice, his blood cries for justice. We can’t behave like a demated chicken that sucks the finest heads. So finding justice for Mohbad is another challenge..
Giving her vote of thanks to the host after receiving her Award, she said; ”I want to thank Momentous Magazine for this prestigious award. This is the 914 awards I am taking today. But, this award, will avail a special place in my office corner. It’s going to be a reminder that Joe, you need to do more work.
“I want to thank you for this honour. I am humbled. And I am happy to share this podium with great comrades”
She also dedicated her award to the late Nigerian singer, Mohbad, “Today, I want to dedicate this award to Imole, Mohbad.
“Mohbad, I want to tell you and those who oppressed you that we will never give up until there is justice because your blood bleeds for justice.”
She asked Nigerians to always speak up whenever they are being harrased “I want to tell everyone here that when you are facing any persecution, speak up. Although Mohbad did but unfortunately, I didn’t get to hear this. A 27 years old giant left us. We can ever sacrifice him.
Dr Joe Okei Odumakin was given the award of Momentous Premier’s Citizenship Award.