Interesting Stories That Peaked On Social Media
There is doubt that social media is a marketplace, and depending on how you judge the offerings last year served by SM, it was interesting on both sides of the coin.
Some were hilarious, no doubt, and some, reflective.
Here are some of the exciting stories that made social media memorable;
Ponytail Gone Wrong
We were all left in shock after an American Lady, Jessica Brown, revealed that she had used Gorilla Glue as a replacement for hairspray. The 40-year-old said her hair had been permanently glued to her scalp since then, and it wasn’t moving. While we wondered what could have moved her to make such a drastic mistake, it didn’t take long for the aunties of Instagram to begin to recommend helpful tips, including coconut oil, tea tree oil, and strong chemicals. However, Brown did not breathe a sigh of relief until Dr. Michael Obeng removed the glue in a four-hour-long surgery using a combination of medical-grade adhesive remover, aloe vera, olive oil, and acetone to dissolve the glue.
Dinner or Money?
Have you ever heard the question, “If you had a chance to have dinner with *inset billionaire’s name* or take his offer of $500 million, what would you choose?” To sound like a sapiosexual and not like one akin to philistine decadence, we bet you’d choose the smarter answer.
This year, the question was, “Would you take the money or dinner with Hov?!”
Now, TIDAL, a global music streaming site formerly owned by Jay-Z, set tongues wagging after it wrote on its Twitter page, “Take the $500K,” and TIDAL has facts to back itself. The businessman Jay-Z’s net worth increased by a 40% margin after he sold TIDAL and his champagne brand Armand de Brignac.
Before you say, “Aha!” His lunch meeting with Warren Buffet in 2010 influenced his perspective on business.
The real question should be, “what would Warren Buffet do?”
World Record Gone Wrong
To what extent will a man seek fame or attention? A 25-year-old Malian, Halima Cisse, became an instant hero after she gave birth to a record-breaking Nonuplets (9 babies). The Malian woman’s scan had initially revealed that she was pregnant with 7 babies and got special acknowledgement and attention from the government.
If South Africa’s Gosiame Thamara Sithole thought that this was the new gateway to fame, we would never know, but what we do know is that she announced that she had broken the new record with decuplets (1o babies) months later. An excited boyfriend, Tebogo Tsotetsi, told news outlets that he was “happy and emotional.”
Three weeks after this burst of emotions, government officials announced that the delivery was false. Apparently, she had failed to disclose her whereabouts and the babies’ condition to her boyfriend. Still, the doctors also noted that none of the hospitals in the province had any records of such births at their facilities. Wondering what she did? The 37-year-old, rather than apologise, told the world, through her lawyers, that she was being held against her will in the hospital.
The Davido-Stan Effect
How much influence can a man yield? Davido showed us what coming through for someone you love means after he jokingly told his friends to send him N1m each as his birthday gift.
What was supposed to be a joke turned into gifts from fans alike, and in hours, he had gotten about $400,000 (minus the crypto gifts), leaving people around the world to refresh the artiste’s Instagram and Twitter. Davido, who is known for his generosity, announced that the money would be distributed to orphanages and has since set up a committee to ensure it is properly distributed. An institution that benefited from this generosity is WEMA Bank, who quickly latched onto this free publicity with witty ads. Take a not-so-wild guess on who their new ambassador is. We think we all know the answer.
When South African scientists raised an alarm of a new variant of COVID, little did they know that the rest of the world would victimise the African continent. Just when Detty December plans were loading, everyone was thrown into shock, especially at the news that the new variant affected both vaccinated and unvaccinated persons.
Many western countries were quick to place a travel ban when the new variant was, in fact, more prominent in their nations. In an infamous move, the UK was one of those countries that placed a travel ban on Nigeria. In true African Giant fashion, Nigeria played the same coin, and immediately the UK dropped its ban. It looks like they didn’t want to “bam-bam” this time.
In much better news, Nigerian youths got the closure they demanded when the Lagos State judicial panel released a list of casualties from the Lekki tollgate massacre.
After months of denying the shooting at the Lekki tollgate, the panel presented proof accusing the Nigerian Army and Police force of shooting at the innocent protesters. Now we’re left with one question, “Who ordered the shooting at the Lekki toll gate?”