Did you know that there are approximately 4.66 billion active internet users worldwide? Can you imagine how differently we all use the internet? Obasanjo’s Internet is our interview series where we talk to some of our internet favorites about how they relate to the internet and what it means for them and their work. This week, Anny Robert talks to us about how he uses Obasanjo’s internet.
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Check my phone I think. Check out my notifications and see if there’s anything important. More often than not, I fall asleep again when I haven’t had enough sleep, then wake up, check my phone again, and talk to whoever I need to talk to. That’s it.
How do you use the internet professionally or privately?
Both. I use twitter and instagram the most, my twitter is joking and work while my instagram is mostly work because it’s straight to the point with images, but I’m still trying to fit work into twitter. I use social media to make sure my name is always in people’s ears.
What moment or episode in your life do you think captured the essence of the internet?
I think I owe a large part of my career to the internet. When I let people know what I was doing, a lot of people took it upon themselves to spread it, it got a lot of endorsements, and it kind of became a community thing. I didn’t grow up in Lagos but now I live and work here and the only community I have is the internet and my alumni from university. The internet has played a huge role in introducing me as a person and as a brand to other people.
Your favorite social media platform and why?
It will be Twitter because for me there is much more to do there compared to other apps. With Twitter, many things are combined into one. I’ve been able to build a real community on Twitter and it allows people to see the personality behind the profile. Twitter is more interesting and engaging because people like to feel like they know a person, that makes it more personal to them and Twitter allows you to do just that, it’s the best for me.
What was the last meme you saved?
I don’t save memes, I only save things that can inspire me for a shoot or for my artwork. I just scrolled to August and can’t find any memes.
Do you remember the first time something you posted went viral? What was it? How did that make you feel?
I don’t think I remember the first time, but one viral moment that caught my eye was when I referred to Nala as Tems. It really went viral to the extent that Tems used it as her profile picture on Instagram. It’s the damn randomness of the internet, there are posts that you put so much effort into and they never go anywhere, but the most random and unconsidered things are what people love to do. Most of the time, I mute my tweets when they start making numbers, so I have no idea how viral it’s gotten until I see the tweet a week later and realize how engaged it is. I would prefer if my work could go viral like this more often, but it’s the internet and flimsy things take precedence.
This is Tems https://t.co/vNclADMGwF
— Terminator (@IamAnnyRobert) June 27, 2022
What was the biggest outrage you’ve ever felt about something you’ve posted? How did you react to that?
I think it will be like when I had issues with the LGBTQ community when they basically dug up my past. Chaos reigned, but it never came from a place of harm. I didn’t even know the tweet had caught fire because I muted the tweet immediately after tweeting it. When my girlfriend called me and started talking about this I was so confused because I had no idea what she was talking about. Due to the nature of Twitter, I had to come out and address the post so people get my point and the whole thing doesn’t come back to bite.
What rules do you live by on the internet?
As much as I interact on the internet, there are many details about my life that cannot be found on the internet. I don’t think it’s important to me to share my problems on the internet, I only talk to people about my problems when I know they can do something about it, or when I just need someone to talk about it, and that Internet is not human for me. I also believe that you don’t have to grapple with every single topic on the timeline or have an opinion about everything on the internet. Not everything needs to come back to you and stay away from controversy.
What is your guiltiest online pleasure?
Tumblr, I think, is one of my favorite places.
Would you say you have an online persona?
Yes, definitely, I do. My online personality is generally funny and sometimes off the rails. I stopped being lewd a while ago because of the work at the company, but in general I’m a living, laughing, loving person.
What’s your favorite emoji and why?
I think it’s 😂 because I laugh a lot. I just want to see stuff and laugh on the internet. I also send lots of ❤️ and 🙏 to show appreciation.
Do you attach particular importance to your feed?
Yes. It’s mostly funny things. I tend to mute anyone with too strong a personality because I’m on the internet just for laughs.
YouTube or TikTok? Which do you prefer and why?
youtube. I use YouTube more, I can count how many times I’ve been on TikTok. I use YouTube for research, music and tutorials. I don’t think I can scroll as long on TikTok as I can on Twitter. I don’t think I have the attention span for TikTok.
Which Nigerian creator do you think the world should see and hear more of?
To be honest, I can’t think of anyone at the moment.
Who is the coolest person to follow and the coolest person to follow you?
No, the coolest person I follow will cause problems, so I can’t say anything right now. I go with the tallest person who follows me instead of the coolest, and that’s Don Jazzy.
What is your favorite Nigerian podcast?
Jess Finesse presented by Jess Jess Finesse, it’s really nice, I was there.
Have you ever hooked up with someone you met online?
It’s almost everyone. I don’t really go outside, so most of the people I’ve met with are from social media platforms, particularly Twitter.
5 people you’d like to see answer these questions
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