Twitter got banned in Nigeria last week and the ripples of
that decision by the government of President Muhammadu Buhari are still being
The Nigerian government announced the ban via a Twitter
thread ironically via Twitter thread which read in part: "The Federal
Government has suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and
social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria".
One of the fallouts of this ban is the rapid adoption of a
rival India-developed microblogging app called Koo.
The app promises to respect laws of any country it operates
in and Nigerians are trooping to it as an alternative
to Twitter which reports say has entered talks with the
Nigerian government on how to have its ban lifted.
Koo is now listed as the 5th most downloaded app on Google
Play store in Nigeria from almost no where.
In a move that is likely to bolster Koo, the Nigerian
government has opened an account on the app.
Co-founder and CEO of Koo, Aprameya Radhakrishna wrote: “A very warm welcome to the official
handle of the Government of Nigeria on @kooindia! Spreading wings beyond India
It is not yet clear if this is the beginning of huge growth for Koo in Nigeria and beyond, only time will tell.