#NigeriaDecides: Omojuwa, INEC & James Schneider were the most influential


By Charles Nweke 

…Most people re-tweeted

An interesting aspect of Nigeria’s 2015 general election is the role played by different social media platforms in disseminating information all through the process. In this piece, we present the full twitter analytics for #NigeriaDecides tracked between 27th of March, and 5th of April 2015.

134,736 people contributed to the Nigeria Decides hashtag over this period and generated 825,478 tweets with 2,512,397,059 timeline deliveries. 79% of these people tweeted using mobile devices; only 11% used desktop, others used platforms that could not be identified. To put this number into perspective, the number of contributors to this hashtag is two times more than full capacity of Abuja National Stadium of 60,491.

INEC Nigeria got the most mentions (91,065) while Public Speaker, Japhet Omojuwa got the most retweets with a total of 61,078 retweets and 87,605 mentions. When you sum up mentions and retweets for Jahpet Omojuwa and INEC, Omojuwa appeared more influential because INEC has significantly fewer retweets (4,566). James Schneider, an Editor with New African Magazine (@schneiderhome), was mentioned 61,492 times; his tweets were retweeted 56,232 times, placing him in the third place. Tweets from Rafi Syahputra (@0001_rafli) and Isamot Adex (@00433eaf1aac450) were also very influential. Participation was uneven; top 20 accounts (including Omojuwa, INEC & James Schedneider) contributed 18.86% of all the tweets. The rest of the tweets came from others.

Number of original tweets is 199.087; the rest were either message tweets (22,105) or retweets (591,163). Most people (72.77%) retweeted. Majority of the tweets (80.27%) have no images attached. The most widely shared images were that of the President-elect Muhammadu Buhari and his rival, President Goodluck Jonathan. Other popular images were that of Remi Sonaiya, and dozens of images of unconfirmed election results. Other images include that of Elder Godsday Orubebe, Andrew Owoye Azazi, Dieziani Allison Madueke and Ban Kimoon, the UN Secretary- Genaral. Over 85% of the tweets were also shared without any web link. Those with links were from Aljazeera (645) and BBC (126).

The Buzz words were APC, PDP, INEC, Nigeria, Voters, voted, Enugu, GEJ, Buhari, wins, total, katsina, valid, ICTGMB, 206, official, Kaduna, cast, Official, Nigeria Decided. These words were mostly associated with other hashtags like #INECNigeria, #Nigeria2015, #Nigeria, #Votewisely, #Buhari, #iwillvoteAPC, #NigeriahasDecided, #Aprilfools, #Lagos, #Jonathan, #Africa, #Buhariwins, #GMB and #Change.

Overall, more people (8,758) used androids phones, than iPhones (4,943). Other top sources include twitter web client, twitter for windows, twitter for BlackBerry, Hootsuite, tweetDeck and twitter for iPad.

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