Eric Okafor (also known as Knewkeed) is a 29-year-old technology vlogger and YouTuber based in Nigeria. Android App reviews. He was born in Lagos Nigeria and hails for South-East, Nigeria. He has a background in Business Administration from the University of Lagos. He starting his YouTube channel in 2015, making consumer technology videos with a niche in smartphones and App reviews. Eric Okafor’s tech YouTube channel is becoming a community for gadget enthusiasts in his country with nearly 5 million views and over 30K subscribers.
AMEYAW: How did you transition from your course of study into making technology videos?
ERIC OKAFOR: While in Uni, i spent a lot of my spare time then watching unboxing and review videos from the likes of MKBHD, Flossy Carter and pocket now on YouTube. I was pretty obsessed with gadgets and i started writing very detailed reviews on public forums. In 2015, I was actually working 9-5 as a digital marketer when I started to film unboxing videos as a hobby. I did not know about YouTube monetization at the time so i wasn’t really considering it as a career option until it became lucrative shortly after i hit 1000 subscribers in 2017
AMEYAW: Do you love what you do and is it paying enough, more than your 9-5?
ERIC OKAFOR: Yeah, I love it more everyday. As for pay, I think it’s just enough to pay the bills and it pays better than the 9-5 i left behind but it could be better.
AMEYAW: How is it like working for yourself, do ever have help?
ERIC OKAFOR: It’s pretty interesting. I have had to teach myself some discipline in order to be more consistent with the videos i make, though I’m not as consistent as i want to be. I don’t have help right now. I film and edit myself. I am open to it for the future when my work load expands.
AMEYAW: How did you come up with your social media name, ‘Knewkeed’?
ERIC OKAFOR: I was new on Twitter. I was playing around with usernames in my head and new kid on the block came to mind. Did some tweaks and then Knewkeed was born.
AMEYAW: What are your biggest challenges as a Nigerian Vlogger?
ERIC OKAFOR: We have a few major challenges here like poor electricity supply which affects when we film. Basically, we cannot film or voice over with the noise from everyone’s generator. Data is also expensive which means that our target audience may not watch our videos because they’re saving their data.
AMEYAW: What are your plans for this year?
ERIC OKAFOR: I’m looking forward for all the improvements in 2019’s gadgets and I have set some specific goals, one of which is publishing 100 videos. My key focus is content over anything else in 2019. I also set 10 Million views and 50,000 subscribers as my target before the year ends.
AMEYAW: What is your advice for people who want to review gadgets on YouTube?
ERIC OKAFOR: The one advice i have for them is to start with their gadget at hand. I started filming with a very low end phone and i still film with a smartphone. If you have the funds, a camera is great but you do not need to have all the necessary tools to begin a YouTube channel. A $10 tripod and your phone may suffice. Also, all the answers you seek are on YouTube. Learn how to film, edit and promote your videos from YouTube tutorials. It’s a very self sufficient platform. A lot of young Nigerians actually started unboxing and reviewing gadgets last year and have grown tremendously within a short time so the YouTube space is not anywhere near saturated yet. There’s room for everyone. Lastly, be very patient and do it for the passion. Millions of views and subscribers don’t happen over night.
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Call for entries: Lifebuoy Opens Applications for handwashing ‘Chief Education Officers’
Unilever’s Lifebuoy, the world’s number one hygiene soap brand, has launched a creative competition that will see two (2) Chief Education Officers aged between 6-12years appointed to raise awareness on the importance of handwashing among school children.
Leveraging the power of peer-to-peer learning, the ‘CEOs’ will be selected from public and private schools in Ghana to help create impact by teaching other children about handwashing and personal hygiene in a series of fun and exciting activities.
The campaign dubbed ‘Lifebuoy H for handwashing CEOs’ is part of Lifebuoy’s activities to mark Global Handwashing Day which occurs every year on the 15th of October.
Global handwashing day is an international handwashing campaign dedicated to motivating and mobilizing people worldwide to improve their handwashing habits as a strategy for disease prevention.
In 2020, Lifebuoy launched the H for Handwashing campaign to transform the letter H into a symbol for handwashing and to integrate hygiene awareness into the school curriculum. In 2021, Lifebuoy launched its first ever children’s book- an “H for Handwashing” alphabet book – in which children can explore the Alphabet with Azzy the horse. The book is intended to support school curricula all over the world, whenever and wherever children are taught the ABCs.
This year, Lifebuoy is going a step further by passing on the baton to the next generation who will teach their peers about handwashing, as studies have shown that children are more likely to change their behaviour when influenced by their peers.
Lifebuoy is encouraging Children from public and private schools in Ghana between the ages of 6-12years to take up this unique and exciting challenge.
Parents, Guardians and Teachers are also urged to encourage their children and pupils to participate in the competition by following these guidelines:
- Share a 30- 45 seconds video of your child reciting their campaign manifesto by explaining what hygiene means to them and how they will promote better hygiene in their schools.
- All entries must include the #GHD2022 #LifebuoyCEOgh #LifebuoyGHD22 #HforHandwashing hashtag and be submitted on Facebook and Instagram only via the brand’s pages @LifebuoyGhana.
- Entries are open until the 10th of October, 2022.
The two selected CEOs will get the chance to become part of Lifebuoy’s award-winning ‘H for Handwashing’ movement and receive a certificate from the Unilever Ghana Leadership Team for their participation and commitment to the cause. As part of celebrations to mark Global Handwashing Day, they will also visit the Unilever headquarters and factories to teach employees the importance of handwashing
The ‘CEOs’ will commit a minimum of ten hours a year to help spread the message of handwashing with soap to other children, at home and in schools. To enable them perform their roles, they will be trained in the use of Lifebuoy’s decade-old and well-proven behaviour change material which will equip them to take the message forward.
For more information, follow Lifebuoy on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @LifebuoyGhana
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MTN Urges Customers To Register Their Sim Cards Before The September 30 SIMRegistration Deadline
With only three days to the September 30, 2022 deadline for SIM registration, MTN is urging its customers to have their SIM cards fully registered to avoid being disconnected.
All customers with voice and data SIM in phones and devices are mandated to register with the Ghana card before the deadline. All SIM cards that are not fully registered at the end of 30th September 2022 will be disconnected from using all services on the network.
Customers who are yet to register should start the process by dialing *404# or use the registration web portal https://simregistrationportal.mtn.com.gh to link their SIM to the Ghana card. Customers who have linked their SIM cards to the Ghana card can complete their registration by either visiting the nearest service centre/agent for the biometric capture or download the SIM Registration Self Service app on google play to complete the registration.
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Commenting on the SIM registration deadline, the General Manager Regional Sales and Distribution, South, MTN Ghana,Abubakar Mohammed said, “we are encouraging our customers to register immediately to avoid long queues at registration centers and subsequent blocking of SIM cards after the deadline.”
“Customers who are not sure of their status can check their registration status by dialing *400#. “B-Cap Yes” means a customer is fully registered”.
To ensure all customers are fully registered before the 30th of September 2022 deadline, all MTN field staff have been deployed to different locations to check registration status and register customers who have not yet registered their SIM cards.
The Ministry of Communications and Digitalization announced the mandatory re-registration of all SIM cards in Ghana last year. The registration exercise which started in October 2021 is scheduled to end on September 30, 2022.
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