#ENDSARS: Protest in a digital era

The Central Bank of Nigeria recently deactivated the "Flutterwave" account that served as a means of funding for the movement. This made the "coordinators" moved to using "crypto currency" (Bitcoin) which the CBN has no control over.

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By Yusuf Bello

The advent of technology has changed our ways of doing many things, especially in terms of communication, business, transportation and other things.

It has redefined our ways of life.

In recent years, financial institutions appear to be one of the major beneficiaries, because technology has given a new dimension to their operations. It has made it possible for people to be able to carryout transactions, such as; opening of bank account, fund transfer among others without the visiting the “physical structure” of the bank.

The ENDSARS movement appears to be another major beneficiary of such technological intervention.

The Central Bank of Nigeria recently deactivated the “Flutterwave” account that served as a means of funding for the movement. This made the “coordinators” moved to using “crypto currency” (Bitcoin) which the CBN has no control over.

All these are made possible with the aid of technology.

The mobilization of protesters also started on the internet, particularly Twitter. Unlike in the past, when traditional media was the sole source of news, the internet-enabled social media appears to be taking over such position, as it has the ability to combine textual and audiovisual contents.

Just few days ago, an American firm acquired a Nigerian youth-owned online payment platform, Paystack for a whopping $200M, the highest the company ever paid for acquiring a startup in the world.

This is a pointer to the fact that, Nigerian youths are digital thinkers who are capable of manipulating the internet to their advantage, to sail through any challenges.

The federal government, especially its ministry of communication and digital economy can look out for some of these youths to help drive its agenda of making Nigeria a technology-driven economy.

Yusuf Bello is a graduate of Linguistics and Communication Studies, Osun State University, Osogbo. He writes from Abuja, Nigeria.

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