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Tips on How to Become an Influencer

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It seems influencers are ruling the world these days. Everywhere you look, be it in any field of business, it is the people with the maximum number of followers who are making the most amount of money. The funny thing about becoming an influencer is that unlike most other businesses, it takes very little investment. At least, in terms of money, but you will have to give it all the time you’ve got.

Since influencers are so popular, more people nowadays dream of becoming one. To do that, you have to think of a niche that suits you best. Moreover, you also need to lose all your inhibitions. Part of being an influencer is continuously being in the eye of the public. As a result, unless you have a thick skin and can take compliments and criticism in equal amounts, you won’t last long. Once mentally prepared to take on the challenge, it is time to get down to a strategy that will help you become an influencer as fast as possible.

Be Visual

Our content nowadays is such that you have to be visual to stand out. Whether it is posting photos on Instagram or making videos for TikTok, the more you interact with your audience, the better the chance of influencing them. Moreover, since there are so many people trying to do the same thing, it is equally essential that the quality of your product is the best. Merely posting photos will not get you social media followers. You need to make sure that these photos or video content is unique and stands out, for it to get noticed.

Tips on How to Become an Influencer

Make a Video

Okay, so we are not talking about that kind of a video, although it would undoubtedly put you in the limelight really fast. Since most people like to keep our personal lives, private, the other option is to make entertaining videos that everyone enjoys watching. As a content creator and future influencer, one place to start is by watching some of the viral videos already uploaded on channels like YouTube. People particularly like animal videos, funny accidents, and ingenious chain reaction machines that you can then replicate in your own way. Remember, all it takes for you to become famous is one video, so keep trying different things and see how your audience reacts to them.

Be Controversial

Not easy for everyone, but several influencers became famous because they were controversial. However, this is a double-edged sword, and it can very easily backfire as well. So, if you plan to create a controversy by joining a hot topic of debate, make sure you do that for the right reason and can back it up. Moreover, controversy is useful when you are new and don’t have a huge follower base. It isn’t always the best tactic when you are already an influencer as it can make you unpopular amongst your present audience.

Start A Blog

To become an influencer by starting a blog takes a long time, but it is more rewarding. There are many travel and fashion bloggers in the world right now who get to go to places, stay in the top hotels and make money from it. However, all of them have had to slog it out to reach that point in their career. If you are passionate about something, and becoming an influencer is not a priority, blogging is the way to go.

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“We need a full national 24 hours lockdown on Valentine’s Day” — Timini Egbuson

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Nigerian actor and recipient of the “Best Actor in a Drama” award at the 2020 Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards (AMVCA), the 7th edition — Timini Egbuson pleads with the government to impose a full-day lockdown on February 14, otherwise known as Valentine’s Day.

Timini, who is mostly type-cast for the bad boy and ladies man role in his movies, wrote on his official Twitter page: “We need a full national 24 hours lockdown on Valentine’s Day.”

Lately the trend setting the tone for online relationships and the PDA that comes with it has the tag – “His View / My View” and vice versa, so it is only expected that February 14, known as a public holiday for lovers to showcase affection for eachother will only bring more of such trends and the drama that comes with but according to Timini, he feels there is no need for such as he asks for a 24-hour lockdown on Valentine’s Day.

Although not giving apt reasons for such demands, Timini ended the tweet with the words: “This thing don dey spread too much.” probably alluding to the widespread of Covid-19 or what I will tag ‘The Lover’s Syndrome’ which basically gave birth to the aforementioned trend.

Many quite agree with Timini and his stance as can be seen in the following replies:

While some question his motive behind such demands and why he insists it must be on Valentine’s Day, others, especially female fans are fully against his wish, stating he his just trying to block them from receiving their usual gifts on Valentine’s Day and getting cozzy with their lovers.

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Before I started singing, “I was actually a rapper” — Omah Lay

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2020 breakout music star from Nigeria, Stanley Omah Didia, better known professionally as Omah Lay granted an interview with American magazine – Teen Vogue – speaking on music, life and the #EndSARS protest which took the country by storm last year.

Omah who got his mainstream breakthrough with his debut project, an EP with the title – “Get Layd” – revealed he was not too sure on how much people would gravitate towards his style of music which he tags “Omah Lay Music”. When asked if he had any fears about his debut EP, he told Teen Vogue: “Actually before I put out Get Layd I wasn’t sure if it’ll be accepted. I wasn’t so confident about it but I enjoyed making the project.” but said he put it out nonetheless because he liked what he created and those around him were supportive and also enjoyed his music.

Speaking on why he chose to use his social media as a voice for help during the massive #EndSARS protest against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), he revealed he had had three different tormenting encounters with the SARS force; one back at Porth Harcourt and the remaining two in Lagos, one of which he barely survived because some people recognised his face because of his music.

He added he his still very much devastated from the October 20, 2020 Lekki Massacre, “ I honestly can’t say I’ve gotten over the #LekkiMassacare and I don’t [think] I’ll ever get over it. I still dream about it, write lyrics about it”, Omah Lay discloses.

Omah Lay who also happen to be a music producer, with production credits on his own personal songs — “Bad Influence”, “Confessions”, “Damn” — and a few others, shockingly reveals: “I’ve been a producer for a very long time. I was actually a rapper, then I switched to being a music producer and I did just that for about three years.”

While sadly admitting, nowadays he barely has anytime to produce his own personal music, talk more of producing for others. Stating his primary focus right now is own making his album which is to be released in 2021 (but no date is set yet).

You can catch the full Teen Vogue Omah Lay interview here: Teen Vogue: Nigerian Afrobeat Star Omah Lay on Music, #EndSARS and More:
https://www.teenvogue.com/story/nigerian-afrobeat-star-omah-lay

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Yemi Alade and Patoranking spark dating rumours

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“Abule” crooner Patoranking might be dating Self-proclaimed ‘Mama Africa’ Yemi Alade according to a recent post by the Reggae-Dancehall singer.

Without giving further details on the relationship status between himself and the Pop singer, Yemi Alade, Patoranking posted pictures of her with the caption: “Mon Bébé [love emoji]” which translates to My Baby in English.

To which Yemi Alade fuelled the dating speculations with the comment: “Thanks papi” with loved up emojis attached.

This generated a lot of interests from fans of both artiste, with one of them asking if they were dating in French to which Patoranking also replied in French, saying: “Mon Cherie” which means My Dear in English, probably in confirmation to Yemi Alade and him being a thing now.

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