No doubt, 2017 was an eventful year, and for Social Media users, it was one drama to another. As we begin our review of the last year, see the biggest and most popular hashtags that trended last year. Enjoy, and share.
Who would have believed that some guy cutting meat and sprinkling it with salt will become a viral sensation? Well, January 2017 proved us wrong as a video of Chef Nusret Gökçe preparing Ottoman Steak and sprinkling it with salt went viral, and earned him the moniker – Salt Bae. He has since become an icon, amassing millions of followers and hosting celebrities like Sean Diddy Combs and Drake. Iconic.
This has to be the biggest Nigerian hashtag of 2017. The official hashtag of the Big Brother Nigeria reality show, it was top of the Nigerian Trendsmap every week, from the 22nd of January when it began to the 9th of April, when Efe Ejeba emerged the winner. The conversations united Nigerians along favourite contestant lines and divided others. It was huge and topped online and offline conversations in Nigeria, during the period it lasted.
That 2016/2017 was a difficult period for Nigerians is fact. We entered a recession, the Naira to Dollar exchange rate hit an all-time high, and our president was not in the country with us. Angered by this, music legend, Tuface Idibia called for a Nationwide rally ‘for a better Nigeria’. Although he later couldn’t go on – due to intimidation and threats by powers that be – the protest still happened. Thousands of Nigerians went on the streets and told the government exactly how they felt. Those who couldn’t join the physical protests did on Social Media, and it was huge. We curated 15 messages we found touching HERE.
Recall when some guy named Pablo Ayodeji took a girl in Ibadan out for a date, and later went on Twitter to rant that she refused to date him after all he spent on her? Aunty was not in the mood for his shenanigans, so she refunded him and asked him to keep the change. That reply became one of the dopest, savagest and most iconic things to happen in 2017.
Water (2 bottles)- 400
Hot dogs (2)- 1000
Use the change for public transport ☺ pic.twitter.com/5QRldFABrS
— Ore ^_^ (@Missmoshiku) March 29, 2017
Someone used the hashtag #KeepTheChangeBae, and the entire twitter family jumped on it. Many brands also joined the conversation and took good advantage of the hashtag.