For the first time ever, popular micro-blogging site, Twitter has verified the official Twitter accounts of Nigerian celebrities, international artists Asa & Nneka and international footballer, Peter Odemwingie.
Before now, prominent Nigerians and celebrities have had to cope with fake or parody accounts on Twitter which often mislead fans.
Since June 2008, when Twitter launched its verification programme, it has been easier to identify the official Twitter accounts of celebrities, prominent personalities and brands.
While we’re not sure how these Nigerian celebrities got their Twitter accounts verified by Twitter, it is likely that they or their agents applied for the Twitter verification programme, which usually required the account holders to present valid and relevant documents as evidence.
We expect to see more Twitter accounts verified in the coming weeks and months, especially those of popular Afropop superstar, Dbanj and his producer, Don Jazzy who have over a hundred thousand followers.