23 March 2018 0 Comments

Nigeria Bloggers and online writers’ Forum

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Yinka Olaito is happy,excited and passionate Communications & Media specialist, Trainer and speaker. Yinka Olaito helps Profits and Non-profits with effective communication and positioning for premium service delivery and returns. Yinka Olaito also has special interest in Development Communication and has consulted for noted UN Agencies. Yinka Olaito is the CCO of Michael Sage Consulting(Communication/digital media), African Child Education Right Initiatives(NGO) and Content Director, Africa Development Talk( online Platform for discussion on Policy, Governance, development across Africa) and Africa Foundation for Young Media Professionals


Brand Management, digital tools in Nigeria, How to take advantage of digital tools in Nigeria, brand and technologyNigeria Bloggers and Online Writers’ Forum was established about three years ago. Unfortunately logistics and operational procedures had delayed its effectiveness in terms of meeting the goals of the forum. Along the line, system crash led to the loss of membership data and we could not reach over 70% of the members either through phone or email contacts.

Hence many bright members were not aware of the development in the forum. This is especially so for members from regions outside the southwest. In the southwest, only few in Lagos knew what was going on.

I must acknowledged and accept responsibility for this. In this age of multiple communication avenues this should not be. More importantly, pressure of work and life and other demands created a level of inefficiency such organization at the formative years required then.

In the midst of all these, we still get constant request from those who want to learn from the little we know. I have been blogging and writing for over twelve years. No pride intended.
To make the objective clear as we commence a new stage of the forum, here are what we want to do:
1.Provide opportunity for learning: no one knows everything, our coming together will give us all opportunity to learn from one another. We have noticed several bloggers break the laws either intentionally or through ignorance while they do what they think they love best. That laws are not enforced may not mean that law was not there in the first instance. When the environment becomes ‘saner’ many may go to jail if they continue in the way they are heading. So let us come together to learn.
2.Networking: No one succeeds alone. There are several opportunities in coming together. Therefore, bloggers and online writers need to come together.
3.A platform to receive support: everyone needs support in one way or the other. As bloggers and online writers, getting support from others should not be a bad idea. So we will create that platform.
4. A platform to share current opportunities: There are several global opportunities for bloggers and online writers. A good writer can get opportunity to ‘guest post for others and receive cash in return. There are also global trainings that we can annex if we truly come together. So we will be working on these for members.
5. An avenue for protection and presenting a common front: some bloggers and online writers have been arrested. While some arrests were justified, we knew some were denied justice because there was no one to fight their cause as as group. In the future we want to prevent this situation.
What we will need those who may be interested in this forum(including those already contacted us in the past, we have lost all data) to do now as a matter of urgency.
Send a text message with subject ‘Join Nbowf’ to this number +2348171077781. With the following details: 1.Name, 2. your Url/website, 3. location(i.e Lagos, Kano, Aba) 4. sex. This is a whatsapps group. We will communicate meeting dates and other Information ASAP.

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