Deji Adeyanju Is What E-Intellectuals Wishes To Be, By Shomoye Abiodun
Never see this piece as means of either “famzing” (as called in the street parlance) or attempt to seek he (Adeyanju’s) attention and if you do, enjoy your session in the land of the gullible in peace.
It’s no doubt that debate about youth importance in today’s system has been spearheaded by lots of Nigeria youths but sadly, they seems to irrationally have their jurisdiction restricted to social media. Most of them keeps on tackling this issue with last drop of their social-media-monopolized-energy, well, “at all at all na him bad pass”, at least they are expending efforts. But to what importance is their efforts? Just think of the importance of letter “K” in the composition of word “KNIFE”, this scenario is similar to the by-product of efforts expended by our social-media-confined youths, USELESS.
A point of argument has been “whether the pre-independence youths were better than us”. Comparing our generation to the past but still-invoked “youths” is ludicrous and a slap on their faces considering what we have done so far. Why compare youths who took action during their time to those who feels they are too big to take action? Or who thinks them needs to be paid to take action? Changing our grandpas from government can’t be done on twitter and any of its family members, it is a challenge whose strength is being supported by already brainwashed grassroots. Writing epistle that the average man on the street won’t see nor read is as useless as anything. Online relevance we crave for on daily basis has no effect in changing the predicament of today’s youth, this, most of our e-overloads must get to their skulls and act accordingly.
One of the highly influential people on social media is Deji Adeyanju, a staunch PDP member who drinks, eats and breaths PDP left, right, center, back and front. Surprisingly, a study of his development from social media relevance to real life relevance inspired this piece.
Adeyanju Deji is someone I took interest in after seeing him convey what I perceived as irrational thought with extreme confidence on Channels TV’s weekdays talk show Sunrise Daily. After his session on the program, I decided to follow him and had lots of rough conversations with him online which even ended up in us mutually blocking each other. On a fateful day, I had the opportunity of talking to him on phone and all bad impressions I have been nursing against him disappeared and never returned after he said “El Rufai” did worse (Two wrongs doesn’t make it right I argued).
Like other young Nigerians, Adeyanju also has passion to make a mark in today’s system but something separates him from others; he acts what he tweets while others tweets without acting.
The singular act of acting what he (Adeyanju) nurses in mind is worth imitating by young Nigerians out there. This singular act separates him from others. Adeyanju is not confining himself to the cluster social media platforms, as a matter of fact he has established himself as a force to reckon with in today’s politics in the youth setting. This became evident after my conversation with a bike man here in Ondo and his name was mentioned by the local bike man whose route is limited to Ondo Township, I was surprised though but absolutely it’s expected considering his actions and their directions.
Yes, Adeyanju has his own flaws and to some he is not worth studying but if most of the e-overloads could leave ego aside and take a study of Adeyanju, it will be glaring to them that they can get better position other than the new media PA they have been limited to. They will elevate themselves away from their current ranks as ardent government defenders. Fervently defending the government because “we campaigned for the government” is the least expected from youths aiming to make difference and to take over from their current godfathers. You can’t continue to worship them and expect something better other than peanut appointments. At this point, we ought to have gone back to days of discussing national issues without anyone labelling you as either pro or antigovernment, we ought to be able to attack President’s Buhari’s actions without reminding each other of how he was the messiah that saved our chip from sinking, anyways, that aside.
A further study of Adeyanju suggests he knows the importance of grassroots politicking. It’s right time most political enthusiasts knew the key actors are not in any way on social media, they are somewhere across the streets, they are the people we have segregated and found not worthy of interaction. These are the people we have neglected in the society because “they are illiterate”, they are the people we forms super class on same way our leaders does with us, sadly our leaders sees us as a unit and knows how to use divide and rule formulae on us successfully, so in the eyes of the rogues leading us, the so called “illiterates” and our self-acclaimed “intellectuals” belongs to the same category. Its right time we brought down our ego and rearrange our priorities, let us link up with these people, let’s bleach away the garbage they were brain washed with and set a new movement. These can’t be done on social media, we need to link up with these class of people and make them see the level of their importance and the effectiveness of the tools they have. Without this, we are still joking.
Another chapter reveals Adeyanju does not beg for position. Months after he was appointed as the new media director of his party, he has made intention and obtained forms to contest as first, Deputy National Publicity Secretary and second National Publicity Secretary in the two court hammered PDP’s National conventions. That is the way to go, let’s move away from grouping up to beg for New Media PA of the Speaker or any other politicians we campaigned for. No one gives a beggar the much the beggar deserves.
I sincerely hope to see us acting what we tweet just like Deji Adeyanju, hopefully we will take what belongs to us.
Let me drop the pen now, have some assignments on my desk, just decided to do little “aproko”.