Obasanjo’s Internet – Oluwatosin Omolale

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Did you know that there are approximately 4.66 billion active internet users worldwide? Can you imagine all the different ways in which we all use the internet? Obasanjo’s Internet is our Interview series where we speak to some of our internet favourites on how they relate to the Internet and what it means to them and their work. This week, Oluwatosin Omolale, co-host of Nigerian podcast Baegist talks to us about how he uses Obasanjo’s Internet

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?

I’m not going to lie, I pick up my phone and check if I have any text to reply. 

How do you use the internet for work or pleasure?

I think I use it for more of pleasure but work and pleasure. 

What moment or episode in your life would you say captured the essence of the internet?

There was a period in my life when I was looking for answers to some questions that were very extreme at that stage, and I could not walk up to anyone to ask, so I had to go on the internet to search for different things and it was very weird cause I’ll find one article read it, go to another article, and it just kept going and I’ll spend hours reading on it. But I’m fine now sha. 

Your favourite social media platform and why?

Instagram. I don’t there’s a reason, I just like scrolling through Instagram. At some point it was TikTok but I don’t like that they show me things I watch often. Sometimes I just want to watch something and move on, but TikTok brings content similar to that, and I don’t like it.  

What was the last meme you saved?

Do you remember the first time something you posted went viral? What was it? How did it make you feel?

I don’t really post things on social media and I don’t use Twitter for anything cause anybody can misunderstand me. On Instagram, I just like to read about other people, and I’m fine. For WhatsApp, I used to be very active on WhatsApp but not anymore. 

I think the first viral moment was something from Baegist, when we dropped the first episode on Baegist and it was everywhere. People I didn’t know were texting me and I felt good. 

What’s the most outrage you have ever generated over something you posted? How did you react to it?

I think it was the episode with Asherkine when we were talking about post-nut clarity. The episode was a strong one, and I had my Christian community text me to ask how the show glorifies God, why we were talking about sex and post-nut clarity. There was also a comment on YouTube where someone said it was very obvious I wasn’t fine with the episode cause I didn’t look comfortable and I kept avoiding questions. In my head, I was just like I’m here to learn. That episode was somehow to some people and it was normal to others. I was indifferent about it because I had my mind prepared before it went out 

What rules do you live by on the internet?

Watch the kind of comments you make. When I want to comment, I always construct what I want to say very well before someone comes from nowhere to screenshot it and I’ll start seeing “oh she said this in 2022.” I am so careful when it comes to commenting, cause you can’t catch me unaware.

What is your guiltiest online pleasure?

I don’t think I have any. 

Would you say you have an online persona?

I don’t think so. I think I’m the same, online and offline. 

What’s your favourite emoji and why?

“😂” I don’t know why. I’m always laughing.

Are you particular about your feed?

Yes, I am cause I believe the kind of things you watch inspires you somehow. From time to time I check people’s accounts and unfollow people I think are not on the same path as I am. I did that last month. I just started taking people out, I don’t want to see you anymore, bye! 

YouTube or TikTok? Which do you prefer and why?
I feel like YouTube is extremely serious. I mean, I watch some really nice videos on YouTube like Korty, and Yoruba movies, but it feels too serious. I prefer TikTok.  

Which Nigerian creator do you think the world needs to see and hear more of?

Who is the coolest person you follow and the coolest person who follows you?
Itty for both.

What is your favourite Nigerian podcast?

Have you ever hooked up with someone you met online?

No. I have this thing where I feel like anyone you meet online wants to kidnap you, or they don’t have good intentions. So I find it really hard to.

5 people you’d love to see answer these questions
Asherkine, Itty, Major AJ, Madini and Orifunke Lawal. 

Read previous Obasanjo’s Internet entries here.