As a first generation blogger in Nigeria, and one of the very earliest, it is safe for me to say that the next generation of bloggers are here. If you are asking why, come along. I’ve got you.
Towards the end of 2004. I published my first blog post – at least the first that I have on record and can remember. We were not exactly keeping records then. We just started off and kept going till we went global. One other blogger that was around then was David Ajao, and it was on his blog that I first published.
Anyway, earlier today, I shared a tweet about a blog post that my son wrote:
My son is a tech blogger. His latest article sounds like he was paid by Samsung to market the gadget. He must pay me my cut before I publish the article. I didn't come to Lagos to sell groundnut. He cannot come and be getting rich off my sweat and labour for free.
— Mister Mobility (@moverick) September 29, 2020
Being a pioneer in a new industry is an interesting experience. You are charting a new course and facing new obstacles in a terrain that is largely still undeveloped. Which is what my experience has been in the last 16 years of blogging. And it has been a wonderful adventure.
And blogging – not just tech blogging – as an industry is taking very firm roots now in the country. It is such a diverse field now – tech, news, gossip, lifestyle, finances, law, entertainment, politics, and others.
All of that is good. But what takes the cake for me is the realisation that my son might just be taking after me and might go on to build a career in blogging just like I have done. To be a pioneer in an industry and then have your son grow up to join you in an industry you helped build is an amazing feeling.
I do not know for sure whether he will follow through and stick to blogging. I have no interest in pushing or pulling him to do so. He will make his choices, as I have made mine. But for now, we are a Batman and Robin team. That team might be a brief romance. It might also turn out to be a life-long affair.
However it goes, the next generation of bloggers in Nigeria are here. And I am officially an agba blogger. I know some of you have been calling me that for years, but having my son blogging alongside his pop makes it even more real.
Mister Mo & Flamez
A review unit of a new smartphone arrives at Mobility Arena tomorrow, and for the first time, the tag team of Mister Mo & Flamez will do a joint phone review. He is quite a smartphone gamer, so you can expect to see his video review of gaming on the device. Don’t worry; we will take a few photos together for the culture.
A message to the next generation of bloggers in Nigeria
In the meantime, away from myself and my son now, I see the younger generation of bloggers. I have been honoured to have helped teach and train some of them. Many others have come into this of their own. This industry is still young, but it is one with great prospects.
Ten years ago, if you said you blogged for a living, you were looked down on as a jobless person and you were almost always treated like a nobody. What was blogging? Why would anyone want to blog for a living? Today, the story is different. The industry is still young, but it is growing and taking its rightful place.Ten years ago, if you said you blogged for a living, you were looked down on as a jobless person and were almost always treated like a nobody. What was blogging? Why would anyone want to blog for a living? Today, the story is different. Click To Tweet
Run this race with focus. Stay the course. Keep developing yourself and brushing up your skills, so you can do better. Make your dreams come true. No matter what those of us who went ahead of you have achieved, you must believe (like I do) that it is possible to do more. You must push the boundaries.
And I will be here doing the very same, as always. I am not retiring yet. The old and the new shall co-exist side-by-side, onwards and upwards.