Nigerian bloggers have revolutionized the rate at which information is shared in the country today. But a majority of them copy and paste from other sources without credit and without research.
Where will I start from? It is already a well known fact that Nigerian bloggers are copy and paste agents. Due to this “talent” of theirs, they have successfully marred the report of the 2015 Miss Grand Nigeria competition which held yesterday. While Loveth Udoka Ajufoh, the National Pageant Director for the competition is probably wondering how some “top blogs” may have managed to misrepresent her competition, more blogs are busy “pasting”.
As an Editor at wazobians.com, I noticed that one of our staff writers who happens to be a former blogger had written a story on the competition. As I read, I could not help but notice two names that were totally out of place. Shola Blowgun and Joy Beside Duo. I immediately “googled” the names and what did I find? nigeriafilms.com used them. The names were used on nairaland.com. Even popular Nigerian blogger Stella Dimokokorkus and uncova.com also used the names as they are. Many other blogs did the same thing.
Note that its Shola Balogun and not Shola Blowgun. Note that it is Joy Eraide Udoh and not Joy Beside Duo.
I got very angry and had to suspend that writer. As an online entertainment newsmagazine, we do not tolerate this behaviour. We might or might not allow her to resume depending on our findings after our investigations.
Just a few weeks ago, Basketmouth said it is now very easy to be a blogger and that he was considering becoming one.
I’m thinking of starting up my own blog.
It’s not that hard anymore, all I need to do is copy stories from Linda Ikeji and post.
That may be a joke but this is serious. As we were recruiting more writers for wazobians.com the other day, I spoke to a lady who used to copy and paste 30 stories per day for some blog. That is hilarious. Do people even consider credibility, originality and google ranking? Even though we are considerably new, I have done my best to ensure that we do not find ourselves getting too zealous to the point of copying and pasting. I am trusting that our readers will help to report such mishap if they find it before us. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hopefully, the copying and pasting culture of Nigerian bloggers will be a thing of the past soon. After all, there are many inexpensive writing courses available these days.