In order to further educate Nigerian youth on the positive ways of using social media platforms, a group, Social Media Digest, has organised a social media summit in Abuja.
The event, which had dignitaries across the country and various fields of endeavour, also rewarded three young Nigerians who stood out in the essay writing competition.
It also recognised other Nigerians “who are leading lights in the usage of social media platforms for personal development and society’s upliftment.”
In the essay writing category sponsored by a Nigerian leading legal icon, Chief Sebastine Tartenger Hon (SAN), Master Isah Kamisu Madachi from Bauch state emerged winner with a prize of N250, 000; 17-year-old Olabisi Juwon from Ondo state came second with a prize of N150, 000, while Benue state-born Olowe Doosur Victoria came third with N100, 000 prize.
The convener of the Summit, Jacob Aôndoaseer Wuese, addressing the press, said the Summit, the 4th edition, was organised to project the benefits of social media to Nigerians and Africans.
“Our mission is to promote impactful use of Social Media handles. We intend to optimally, maximise the very many opportunities in social media and we have so far, reached out to ten thousand (10,000) participants across the country.
“This programme has particularly targeted the youths who are the vulnerable group regarding social media challenges. To encourage them further, an essay competition has been organised courtesy of my mentor and sponsor of this programme, Chief Sebastine Hon, FCIArb., DSSRS,” he said.
On his part, the senior legislative aide to the deputy speaker, House of Representatives on New Media and one of the awardees, Prince Yemi Itodo, noted that “Nigerian youth are very active social media users.”
Itodo, however, called for constant social media summits across the country, to educate the youth on the positive use of social media platforms and how to legitimately make earnings therefrom.
Itodo commended the organisers and urged the governments to use the opportunity provided by the group to organise social media or new media summits for their social media influencers and media aides of public office holders.