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, author and communications strategist Victor Daniel talks to us about how he uses Obasanjo’s internet.
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
I check my phone for notifications.
How do you use the internet professionally or privately?
It’s a mixture of both. At work I use the internet every day. I work as a writer and new media specialist in a FinTech company. So basically I live on the internet.
For pleasure, that is, if you consider music and film streaming pleasure, I consume a lot of written work on the Internet if that passes for pleasure, and then have interesting conversations.
What moment or episode in your life do you think captured the essence of the internet?
I was built on the fact that I wasn’t expressive during my formative years. As a teenager, I wasn’t as brave as I wanted to be. I was very opinionated, and since I didn’t have many friends to share these ideas with, I was dependent on my phone and the internet. The Internet provided the platform on which I could freely express myself. The need to express myself beyond my physical limits inspired my use of the internet.
Your favorite social media platform and why?
Facebook. I like the way it is structured and I am in control of my site. Facebook gives you the power to post as much as you want. There is no word count. It’s basically a content platform.
What was the last meme you saved?
Do you remember the first time something you posted went viral? What was it?
Yes. I do. That was in 2016. It was a post I made the morning Donald Trump won the US Presidential election. I wrote a post advising black Americans on how to live in America now that Trump is President. The post exploded. It had thousands of likes and was shared far and wide.
How did that make you feel?
I had no idea but was surprised at how viral it went, but before that I knew I was able to make a post that would go viral. The post was a confirmation.
What was the biggest outrage you’ve ever felt about something you’ve posted? How did you react to that?
Religion generates the most outrage. I’m not much of a religious person, but when I make posts about religion that seem somehow religious fanatics, they always go to my head.
I can’t remember any right now but these posts trigger Nigerians so much.
What rules do you live by on the internet?
I take great care of my business. I only post things that only concern me and try to stay away from drama as much as possible because it affects perception.
“This person is always in some drama or another” I don’t like that because it can limit other people’s interaction or relationship with me.
What is your guiltiest online pleasure?
I watch people’s videos and look for the essence of my ecosystem by going covertly.
Would you say you have an online persona?
Yes. People say I come across as strict on Facebook, but I’m actually quite the clown because I’m fun to be with.
What’s your favorite emoji and why?
The sunflower emoji. Used to dilute the seriousness or seriousness of a conversation. It works in different situations.
Do you attach particular importance to your food?
I pay special attention to my food. So if there is someone who posts content I don’t like, I either unfollow them or unfriend them. The content we consume has a huge impact on us.
YouTube or TikTok? Which do you prefer and why?
youtube. It has by far one of the greatest resources. You can learn a lot on Youtube.
Which Nigerian creator do you think the world should see and hear more of?
Rodney on TikTok and Layi the comedian. I think they deserve more attention. Rodney and Layi’s content is intellectual. You have the ability to be humorous without having to be fancy. They are not dramatic and their expressions are spot on. Layi is someone who is needed in the Nigerian comedy scene because he knows how to bring depth to comedy.
Rodney is extremely creative.
Who is the coolest person to follow and the coolest person to follow you?
I have many filmmakers following me including Pamela Ade, Nkiru Njoku, Onyeka Nwelue
I follow a lot of cool people, both Nigerian and non-Nigerian. You are a crowd.
What is your favorite Nigerian podcast?
I don’t listen to Nigerian podcasts. I’m generally not a podcast guy.
Have you ever hooked up with someone you met online?
5 people you’d like to see answer these questions
Olumide Glowville, Layi, Akinyemi; Citizen by Zikoko Editor-in-Chief Ama Udofa; Content lead at Vendease and Solomon Büchi.
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