80 Nigerians

EXCLUSIVE | Nigerians Showcase Their Best and Brightest Citizens in #80Nigerians Challenge

On Thursday 22nd August 2019, the world awoke to the news of the FBI’s indictment of 80 individuals charged with conspiracy to commit mail and bank fraud, as well as aggravated identity theft and money laundering in the United States.

The indictment was unsealed after the FBI conducted a series of raids and arrested 14 defendants across the United States, with 11 of those arrests taking place in the Los Angeles region. The remaining defendants were believed to be abroad, with most them located in Nigeria.

As the news gained traction, the FBI released a list of 77 Nigerians indicted in the bust. Bashir Ahmad, a new media aide to Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari described it as a “disgrace” to Nigeria.

The Nigerian social media soon went abuzz with comments about “80 fraudulent Nigerians” who had tarnished the image of the country. “80 Nigerians” was trending on Twitter in the weekend that followed with a flood of negative publicity around the image of Nigeria. It was as if these “80 Nigerians” were going to get away with redefining Nigeria as a country of fraudsters and criminals – the same country that has produced some of the world’s most renowned trailblazers in diverse fields of endeavour.

In the midst of the rising negative image profiling of Nigeria, on Saturday 24th August, 2019, SIGNAL took the initiative to launch the #80Nigerians Challenge on Twitter aimed at getting Nigerians to showcase some of their brightest citizens doing Nigeria proud across the world. We started with a profile of 20 selected Nigerians which opened up the conversation for Nigerians to profile their success stories. The result of that effort is this amazing thread which went viral and became a trending Twitter topic.


For more inspiring Nigerian stories, look up the hashtag #80Nigerians on Twitter. It reveals so much about the rich heritage of the true Nigerian spirit of dignity and enterprise.


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  1. Mary Alabi

    Late Pa. E. A Alabi: He was an internationally certified electrical engineer, who worked a whole lot with the Lagos State Ministry of Works, as the head of the department. He’s fondly remembered as a very honest man who refused to inflate office projects even when cajoled to do so.


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