Twitter connects where members of a certain location on Twitter, organize an event to get to know each other and interact offline. Many such connects have been organized in Northern Nigeria including in Kano, Yola, Funtua, and other locations.
This time around, Jigawa hosted their own Twitter connect. On 28th February 2021, the event tagged #JigawaTwitterConnect was held at Star Hotel Dutse, Jigawa state. It was the second Twitter connect to hold in Jigawa state, organized and attended by the youth all over the state.
The event was an opportunity for the active Twitter members of the state to meet up physically, interact with each other, eat and have fun.
However, the event took a different turn this time around. It was more than just an opportunity for people to meet up and have fun. It became an educative and learning forum. Not only did the people eat, drink and hold casual conversations, speakers well versed in some areas of life that affect their society were invited to deliver speeches.
#JigawaTwitterConnect event was chaired by Ay Sardauna, CEO Ashabul Yameen Gen. Ent. and Founder of Coalition Against Malnutrition. The theme for the year’s event was Changing Attitudes: A Live and Online Symposium on Health, Education, Entrepreneurship, Security, and Gender-Based Violence in Jigawa State.
#JigawaTwitterConnect was graced by three commissioners including the Commissioner for Land and Housing in the State, Hon Sagir Muhd Musa, a representative of the Commissioner for Justice as well as the representative of the Commissioner of police in the state. Barrister Abubakar Jallo a Member, State House of Assembly representing Hadejia Constituency was also at the event.
The speaker on Gender-Based Violence and Rape Cases was Aisha Abubakar, the representative of the Commissioner of Justice while Tayo Bayo spoke on Entrepreneurship. Dr. Rabiu Ahmed Rufai of the Federal Medical Center Birnin Kudu was the Health speaker while Sadeeq Gumel spoke on the Environment.
The discussants included Aisha Abubakar, Tasi’u Abubakar, Tasi’u Muhd Ringim, and Hon Sagir Muhd Musa.
#JigawaTwitterConnect boasts of so many achievements like fighting the COVID-19 pandemic through publicizing timely information on public safety and preventive measures. The connect also engaged in community development programs where awareness was created on gender-based violence and personal hygiene. Sanitary pads were distributed to females in Sararai community.
It can be recalled, In 2020, #JigawaTwitterConnect distributed different pieces of clothing to Almajirai to shield them from the cold. They also hosted a Ramadan Feeding Program where over a hundred Almajirai were fed for 16 days as well as providing some means of livelihood to families who need it.
All these were done using money donated by people who found the #JigawaTwitterConnect worthy of their trust and saw their commitment to bettering the state.
#JigawaTwitterConnect aims to enlighten and equip people with enough knowledge and information to drive them towards changing their attitude positively and actively engaging in developing the society and engaging in conversations about key societal issues.
The event generated buzz on social media, where the hashtag #JigawaTwitterConnect trended on the social media giant, Twitter. Many users commended the organizers of the event for a wonderful job.
Commissioner of police and many more dignitaries attended, I’m very impressed. Keep it up guys and wish you all the best. #Jigawatwitterconnect— Abu – Sadeeq (@Dongarrus1) February 28, 2021
@Jigawa_Connect Set a new standard.— Abdulrazak Mukhtar 😷 (@abdoul_official) February 28, 2021
The connect has changed from a regular connect of fun and food to a massive attitudinal change forum!
Fully involvement of stakeholders make it interesting.
Kudos to organizers and the good people of Jigawa State!#JigawaTwitterConnect
What do you think of #JigawaTwitterConnect? Should other states imitate what Jigawa has done?