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“When did our validation start depending on strangers?” Basketmouth Asks on Instagram




Foremost Nigerian comedian, Bright Okpocha popularly known as Basketmouth took to his Instagram page a few hours ago to ask some questions on the issue of oversharing on social media. He wrote:

Why do we even feel the urge to show off our wealth on social media?
Does it breed hate, love or jealousy?
Why exactly do we take our marital issues to social media?
Since when did the world become our shrinks or marriage counselors?
When did our validation start depending on strangers?
Since when did IG become the judge of our lifestyle, personality, behavior and character?
Why do we spend more time showing people everything about our personal lives rather than living the life itself?
Why are we so hungry for followers on our social media platforms?
Does the amount of followers improve our quality of life? Does it add anything to one’s talent?
Why am I even asking these questions….what’s my business sef? *sips chilled Malta guinness*

What is your take on the questions?

Photo Credit: Instagram – @basketmouth


  1. Candy C

    April 24, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    Great questions. Too many people are too caught up in how their lives look on the outside as opposed to how it really is. A lot are at the mercies of others for acceptance. The whole notion of “looking rich” or looking as if you’re doing well when you’re not. Like I see when people go on vacation, instead of basking in your vacay location and enjoying it, as soon as people get there, they are busy posting pics. smh!!. It’s all a facade at the end of the day.

  2. Nunulicious

    April 24, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    JAMB question.
    Man is a social animal…

    • Simi

      April 24, 2017 at 10:00 pm

      I will still write my comment but you took the words out of my mouth

    • Osa

      April 25, 2017 at 7:10 am

      @nunulicous, yes man is a social animal. But does that entail the compulsion to show off? More so to strangers on social media

  3. Bad gang

    April 24, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Lol…the biggest social problem I’ve identified in lagos is people living above their means and sadly it is worse in females…if you know the debt some of these entertainment yuppies are in ehn…everybody just telling lies!!! Nobody’s g-wagon is 10million, everybody bought it 60 or 70million…lol..everybody now has an accent…everybody paid for their homes outrightly…nobody supposedly flies economy (always uploading photos of themselves in business class)…everybody is fitfam…everybody’s job now has a ‘posh’ name; content provider, social media strategist, image booster among other shitty names…everybody’s love life is deeper and more romantic than romeo and juliet’s; with all the needless instagram love notes and captions (if you woke next to your spouse/partner you could have whispered in their ears) and so on…you celebrities are ‘guilty’ of all these…I’m not saying people who do this are right or wrong..just do whatever makes you happy, as long as it isn’t criminal

  4. Simi

    April 24, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Human beings have always sought from those around us. All social media has done is to expand what used to be smaller communities, now a global community and to amplify the madness so that more people see or notice.

    • Simi

      April 25, 2017 at 11:47 am


  5. critique

    April 25, 2017 at 12:28 am

    # of followers = social media influencer = $$$

    I get what he’s saying sha…

  6. Lara

    April 25, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Ugh, now I’m craving Malta Guinness…

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