After reading this article you will become a social media influencer in Nigeria and be able to roll with celebrities of your choice.
In this current age, it is very easy to be popular because of the powerful tool we all have available to us for free. This is the social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and many more). It is available to us as long as you have a smartphone and the internet.
And many Nigerians are taking the internet into use to become a star effortlessly although with serious effort. Now, you can become popular without even becoming a celebrity first.
You don’t need to act in a big film, you don’t need to win a lottery, you don’t need to do anything you don’t want to do to be popular if you don’t want to. And I guess that’s why you clicked this article.
And I’m going to show you how to today.
You see, becoming a social media influencer in Nigeria (ability to influence and craft power online) is not hard if you know the secret, however, I must stress here that it’s not something that happens like magic.
Let me start with the story of Lasisi Elenu (Bra Segun). I bet you never knew him before this time. Before he became popular, he had a 9 – 5 job as he explained in an interview. The job was boring to him and he decided to look for a way to keep himself company by putting on a character inspired by his father.
This is how Lasisi was born. He was born out if boredom. So one day after putting on the character again, he felt he urge to video himself in the act so he tried it out.
He video himself and after so much criticism he decided to share it on social media and that was how his fame began. He’s video was shared more than a thousand of times on social media. In fact, according to him in that interview he said when he woke the next day his jaw dropped. He couldn’t believe what his eyes were seeing.
Apparently, what he found joy doing in secret was not only liked but loved but Nigerians and he never knew until he decided to share.
This is one of the secrets of how to become a social media influencer in Nigeria but I’ll go deep on this as we move further in this article.
There are different ways of becoming a social media influencer in Nigeria. You can be one by becoming a blogger (Linda Ikeji), YouTube (Fisayo Fosudo), caring for the needy (Aunty Landa), chasing or tackling a case (can’t remember anyone now on that), comedian (Woli Arole), dancer (Kaffy) and so on.
The list is unlimited. So I’ll try my best to explain how you can use these different gifts or passion to become famous or become a social media influencer in Nigeria.
But first of “Who is a Social Media Influencer?”
Who is a Social Media Influencer?
A social media influencer is someone who has been able to establish trust on social media in a specific niche or industry.
He or she has been able to build great followership (large audience) and is able to convince his or her followers through their originality.
Qualities of a Social Media Influencer
There are 3 main qualities of a good social media influencer and these are:
A good social media influencer must be able to persuade people online followers and non-followers with their actions and comments on trending issues.
He/she must be able to this through genuine or original content.
Another quality a good social media influencer in Nigeria must have is trust. You must not be found saying something about a trend and the next day you are saying something else.
You must be able to stick with a decision you made on a certain issue online and follow it to the core even when it seems the odds are against you in every way.
This is why you must take your time and do your findings before relating to anything online.
A good social media influencer must have the knowledge and this is not the knowledge you learned in school it is the knowledge of knowing a bit of everything.
I know this sounds like a cliche but it is true.
The ability to easily understand topics discussed on social media always passes a message to your followers and followers-to-be that you know what you’re doing despite the fact that you are awkward in one way or the other.
How to Become a Social Media Influencer in Nigeria
1. Own Your Gift/Passion
This is the first step to becoming a social media influencer in Nigeria.
I always say there’s something everyone has to offer on social media beyond the pics and show off.
If you’ve not found yours, it means you’ve not searched enough and if you’ve found it and you’re yet to share it, it means you’re brave enough.
Let’s take a look at Bobrisky. He does not even fall under having a gift or following a passion yet he became popular because he decided to follow a cause, a strange call (as I see it) and he owned it.
Most times, it’s not about having something worthy to share, it’s just about following your weird cause and owning it.
Last year, another lady became a social media influencer on social media just after she came all out and owned up to the fact that she has slept with over 300 kinds of men and claimed she’s not a prostitute.
Because this is not regular news Nigerian hears every day, it shook the Nigerian social media and even beyond. She instantly made millions of followers the same week she decided to speak out.
These are rare instances.
Do you have a gift/talent or passion? Now is the time to build and work on that passion/talent. See all this time you have not uploaded anything as a hibernating period.
Although there’s no such thing as perfection, develop your gifts into perfection.
Be deaf and blind to what your friends say about it as to whether it looks crazy or it sounds absurd. Their opinion does not matter, what matters is the satisfaction and joy you derive in doing this.
Follow your dreams and don’t hold back even for one bit.
2. Explore Social Media
Now, I know this normally comes with some fear. I remember the day I wanted to open a Facebook page for our blog. My hands were sweaty and I was not stable. But guess what? Despite all this, I still went ahead and did it all the way and I’ve never looked back ever since.
So also my first live video on Facebook, the first video on YouTube and so on.
Also when I was about to open my first social media account “Facebook” even before AgidigbaMEN existed as far back as 2010 I was extremely scared.
Fear is normal especially if we are doing something for the first time but it should still stop us from doing what we are supposed to do.
“Feel the fear but do it right away”. This is always my favorite phrase.
But before you do this, you need to consider the platform you should use. The platform that will aid what you’re trying to showcase to the world. Is it Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Although it is possible to be on all 3 platforms, you still need to choose the social media to will work for you the most.
Let me give you a brief illustration.
If it is comedy you’re into or dance or maybe spoken words and you want to use these talents to become a social media influencer in Nigeria you need to go for Instagram.
It benefits you because it allows you to post videos, use IG TV and also tag people (other influencers your field) and Instagram is also good for photographers who want to become social media influencers.
And if it is about using your profession to become a social media influencer, twitter is the right social media for you. Twitter is where you see many people from different professions become influencers easily.
If it about creating a page like a group where you want people to talk and feel free to express themselves and you can also give advice. If you see yourself using this to become a social media influencer you should go for Facebook.
I must reemphasize that not all social media platforms available on the internet are good for you when it comes to turning passion or gifts to influence people. It took me a long time to discover this myself.
Choose the social media platform that is best for and start exploring. When I say exploring here I mean you should devote time to it every day. You can start with 30 minutes to start liking other people’s and other influencers’ posts.
Make it engaging and leave eye-dropping comments when there’s a need for one. Your comment doesn’t have to sound or look intelligent. It can be crazy, foolish or even naked (if you know what I mean).
Just make it stand out.
This has really worked for me for quite some time now. I no longer look for perfect words to say when I want to drop a comment on a post.
All I do is to be myself and leave what I think will make people want to visit my profile.
When you do this for quite some time and people start visiting your profile every day and perhaps you are even able to get some followers. These kinds of sends coded messages social media algorithms that your account is important so therefore it will start drawing people to your account.
This is kind of techy so I can’t really explain much on it.
It takes serious effort to achieve this but at the end of the day if you’re able to do it, it pays at the end.
3. Upload Your First Content
At this step of becoming a social media influencer, you can do upload your first content and instantly become fame and you can do it and get just likes for your efforts. Doing it and not getting instant fame is what happened to Mark Angel Comedy but persistence kept him going.
In fact, it was not his contents (comedy skits) that made him later become popular but a particular character in his skits – Emmanuella.
I remember then that it was all about “this is not my real face o” a particular phrase she used in one of the video skits. This line was basically the most said line at that time.
So try your best to make your first content the best content by putting in your best before you upload and when you finally upload and it doesn’t bring the success that you want, don’t give up and quit saying this is not for you or that people don’t need your talent or gifts.
Persistence does it!
Try as much as possible to understand why it didn’t work. Understand what is missing. If possible try and get feedback from friends or the little followers you have on how you can make it better.
And if it’s not something that doesn’t need feedback visit other people in your niche. Visit their pages and try to see what they are doing right that you’re not doing.
Spy on them day and night, follow them and make yours better. Note: I’m not saying you should do exactly what they are doing verbatim. Just copy and make yours better.
And if your first upload or coming out becomes a success it’s not time to relax rather it is time for serious work.
Like one of my mentors would say “the best way to really know you’re progressing is by making yesterday’s work better than today’s.
4. Do Collaborations
It’s impossible to see an island survive on its own. Anywhere you see an island it is likely that there are other islands surrounding it. This is exactly the same as doing something to scale higher in life.
The people you look at today and envy where once where you are now – struggling to make fame.
But they probably realized at some point in their lives that they need connections and collaborations so they chased it and got it.
This is also the same for bloggers. When you see us guest writing on other blogs we are not doing it for doing sake we are doing it to get something in return.
1. To make ourselves known on other blogs.
2. To make ourselves known to the traffic of that blog and
3. To attract big traffic to our blog.
Almost all bloggers that do guest posting or guest writing on other blogs do it for fame and when it comes to becoming a social media influencer in Nigeria this should not be different.
Connect with influencers in your niche and be ready to serve (ready to learn). Feature in whatever they do and as time goes by you’ll begin to attract their follower to your content and your following and gradual fame if not instant fame will begin.
5. Contribute to Pressing Issues
Becoming a social media influencer in Nigeria is not only about sharing content, but it also about talking as regards pressing things happening in Nigeria.
This is one thing I like Alibaba the comedian for. Despite all the millions he has made doing comedy persistently he still talks about common things that affect the average citizen in Nigeria.
The other day I saw him lamenting on Instagram about a proposed law – talking about how absurd it sounds and the lamentation got thousands of people commenting on his post. The post also touched me so I also had to leave a comment.
When you talk about the things happening in Nigeria as a social media influencer it makes people know you care about them especially what is happening in your country even despite all the fame you’ve got and the money you’ve made.
So grab the opportunity when there trending news and make a buzzing comment about it.
6. Invest in Your Talents/Gift
Invest in that gift/ talent or skill that you want to use to become a social media influencer in Nigeria. And when I say invest this time I’m talking about using your own money not anybody else’s money.
Are you a photographer and you feel you need to get a new camera? Do so.
Are you a blogger? You need to invest in your blog.
Are you a comedian? Invest in video editors for yourself.
Doing everything yourself can be very traumatic especially if you have a regular 9 – 5 job you also do.
Invest money also in learning more about what you do. Go to seminars if you need to. Buy books that will advance you and expand your knowledge.
Do courses online. Being a social media influencer in Nigeria is not only about being in the face of all people, it also about making yourself better while you climb that social ladder.
7. Go for GIGS
Lasisi Elenu (Bra Segun) just came back from London from a comedy show he was invited to perform comedy according to his post on Instagram.
So you see it’s not only about meeting and influencing people online through social media it is also about forming bound with people outside social media and the simple way to do this than to go for GIGS.
You might think there’s no need for this because everyone knows you but this is not true. You’ll be surprised that are some people that don’t even know what you look like or what you do.
Just the other day someone next to me was asking me who Timi Dakolo was even after hearing him sing. I was like “are you serious?” who doesn’t know Timi Dakolo but apparently she truly doesn’t know him.
That just the way it is.
You think everyone knows you just because you’re popular online but it’s not always so.
It is all about taking the step, making effort. Every social media influencer that you know today took the first step and they’ve not looked back. But however, I’ll say put everything in your life in other before you hunt for fame.
Because things, like looking for a wife or living a private life, is very hard when you finally become famous.
Above all this, I wish you Goodluck.