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, UT talks to us about how she uses Obasanjo’s internet.
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Sometimes I check the time to make sure it’s not before 4am. If it’s earlier than 4am I’ll try to force myself back to sleep, if not I’ll turn over and go to the bathroom.
How do you use the internet professionally or privately?
Both. I work in consulting so I do a lot of research a lot, but I mostly enjoy it because the internet is a distraction from real life. But after all, real people make up the internet, so it’s a contradiction.
What moment or episode in your life do you think captured the essence of the internet?
I’m honestly not sure because I’ve been on the internet for over a decade now and there are so many moments, especially on Twitter. So I would say when Rihanna was on Twitter because she was banned from Instagram the chaos was impeccable and I love chaos. The energy was perfect, it was great.
Your favorite social media platform and why?
Twitter, which is sad because it might be gone soon. Twitter is a horrible place and such a beautiful place, you find the best people and you find the worst, you find the most uneducated opinions and in the same breath you also find something worth learning. I learn a lot on Twitter, it drives me to look for things I never really thought of. Like yesterday, I learned a new word on Twitter, it was “Solecism”.
What was the last meme you saved?
Do you remember the first time something you posted went viral? What was it? How did that make you feel?
Yes. It was a tweet where there was a pair of shoes, I don’t know how they were designed, but they were rear facing, so I tweeted something along the lines of “when they tell you to come and go, and they loved it. It didn’t make sense to me because I was just thinking out loud, but they loved it. I was like oh people think I’m funny that’s cute it was like well done cuz I understood something I already knew it’s cool.
What was the biggest outrage you’ve ever felt about something you’ve posted? How did you react to that?
This landed me with Linda Ikeji and my parents found out about it from my aunt in the US. I called the Bible “stupid” and the Christians didn’t have it, and my mother is a pastor, so it didn’t go over well . My parents told me to go and write my own Bible if I knew that much, but it made sense in my head and to a degree I can still justify it. It was just me looking at period pains and the stress of just existing as a biological female and I thought the bible is stupid because god called that thing a curse but from my point of view it would have happened anyway, the Labor pains could have happened anyway. He just called it a curse to scare people. It was scaremongering, nothing else, it would still happen, so I thought it was stupid! Granted, my wording may have been wrong, but I still stand by what I said. The Bible is a very dumb book if you take it literally, but if you think of it as a work of fiction, like a book of fairy tales or Greek mythology, it’s cool. Put things into context and read between the lines. When the tweet made its way to Linda Ikeji, I went and read the comments from people who offended me and I laughed at the comments. My parents didn’t find out until 6 days later so they called me up to their room, it was quite a deal but by the end of the week everyone was fine because what can you do? The worst thing you can tell me is to write your own Bible, but then I could do it.
What rules do you live by on the internet?
When in doubt, make sure an Igbo man runs to the scene in his isi agu to defend misogyny. Say shit with your chest, if you can’t say it with your chest, don’t say it at all. Assume everyone is stupid but you.
What is your guiltiest online pleasure?
I go on YouTube a lot and just watch a public marriage proposal fail. I don’t like the idea of public marriage proposals, it feels very manipulative unless that’s your thing then it’s fine. But I just enjoy to see niggas say no You know your baby, she probably don’t like that shit. I hope we get more failed content for public marriage proposals on the internet.
Would you say you have an online persona?
No, but people have a perception of me online, I’m aware of that. People think I’m angry all the time but 99% of the time I tweet my shit very calmly but people assume I’m angry. So the perceived online persona is angry, but in real life I’m chilled and chilled until you piss me off and then there’s actual anger. But other than that, I’m totally chilled and can’t come and stress myself out. So I don’t personally have one, but I do have a perceived online persona.
What’s your favorite emoji and why?
It’s one of those three – 🥺😂💀. 😂💀 because people are hilarious and I love that comedy isn’t just limited to TV so a lot of things make me laugh and are very dead 🥺 because I tax my brother and dad a lot so that’s always there .
Do you attach particular importance to your food?
Yes and no. I would follow people because I stumble across an interesting tweet from them and I looked through their profile and I was drawn to their great tweets or their bio. But then when I see tweets that are heavily misogyny, I just mute them or unfollow them. There’s no particular rhyme or rhythm, I just like seeing people make me happy or bring joy into my life in any way, whether it’s making a fool of themselves or tweeting something funny.
YouTube or TikTok? Which do you prefer and why?
youtube. I spend hours a day on YouTube and even use it as background noise, YouTube short films, etc. I feel like I don’t go on TikTok that much because TikTok ends up on YouTube anyway. Anyone with a TikTok page and a large following also has a YouTube page because YouTube also gives money, so why not just broadcast your content? I also feel like YouTube pays more than TikTok, but someone should correct me if I’m wrong on that.
Which Nigerian creator do you think the world should see and hear more of?
SGawD. Le Mav, he’s such a breath of fresh air. TMT too. TMT is a miracle source.
Who is the coolest person to follow and the coolest person to follow you?
The coolest person I follow is either TMT or Dare. I think they’re really cool. The coolest person that follows me, although I find her really cheesy, is Erykah Badu. And it’s really funny because Erykah followed me after I insulted her. Her music is great but I think she has questionable opinions.
What is your favorite Nigerian podcast?
Submarine And A Roach, it’s literal chaos, you get politics, banter and culture. It’s an all-around 10/10 podcast. Submaroach is a good time.
Have you ever hooked up with someone you met online?
I feel like I’ve met most of the people I’ve dated online. All my friends were from Twitter.
5 people you’d like to see answer these questions
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