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Lagos, Nigeria

Speak UP: How much of your life should be on Facebook?

Published on : 18 March 2014 - 6:00am | By RNW Africa Desk (Photo: jdlasica/Flickr)
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Facebook is clearly Africans’ social medium of choice. And with an estimated 51 million users on the continent last year, the network has changed a lot about how we interact with each other. It’s opened up many new possibilities, from keeping up with friends to meeting strangers and, quite possibly, finding love. But just how much of yourself can – or should – you reveal online? Do those rules change if you’re surfing for a romantic partner?

In this week’s edition of Speak UP! young Nigerians reflect on how social media, and particularly Facebook, impacts their everyday lives. They tackle tricky issues, like what is considered socially appropriate and how best to ensure their personal internet security.


Producer/Host : Joke Fayemi

Speak UP! is an audio show in which young Africans discuss thorny social issues without pulling any punches. It is created by a selection of young hosts and producers in Zimbabwe, South Sudan, Rwanda, Nigeria and Kenya, working in partnership with local media organizations and RNW. Each edition of Speak UP! provides YOU with a chance to express yourself – because everybody wants to be heard.

If there’s a topic you’d like to speak up about, get in touch with us via Facebook or Twitter!


Anonymous 27 May 2014 - 8:33pm / Nigeria

I guess the essence of facebook has been so abused. Of course, facebook is really a nice platform to connect wt frnds n loved ones, especially those in far away lands. They get to see how you grow and transform frm being a little girl to a wonderful woman, which is quite a fantastic way of keeping up. However i think technology as a whole, not just facebook, has robbed thousands of youths of their minds. People no longer appreciate the beauty of having some privacy. People no longer want to b dr own bestfriends. Hence frm waking up, or breaking up, to even having a slight headache, facebook gets to bear the brunt.

Anonymous 30 March 2014 - 8:44pm

Facebook is a shit.
Using this social media for communicate and find friends, must sounds good, but in fact it makes people become more apart from each other, many people use facebook right away after wake up, and before sleep, they live their life in this catastrophic thing, and when things like this happens, peoples brain get idiotice. before we use to share our pictures with friends and have a nice chat and a nice time together, now we just post them on the internet and then many people who even we don't know can get access to all information we share with others.
Be Smart and don't let things like this to absorb your 'Life

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