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So You Really Wanna Be Friends with a Nigerian Celebrity on Social Media? Try These Tips!

Nkem Ndem

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In life, we as humans face many struggles and grapple with so many feats to attain. Along the line, we nurture ambitions and craft visions that sometimes lead to us having certain obsessions and fantasies…a constant being the dream of befriending a celebrity.

Nigerians, generally, have an obsession with celebrities and the lime light. This is why you find quite a number, on social media, posting pictures (either authentic or photoshopped) of themselves posing with celebrities or following at least 5 well-known celebrities.

Besides the flair of being able to say that you have met and actually know a celebrity, the act of befriending one can be empowering for the ‘befriender’ as well. The idea that the celebrity thought you worthy of his/her attention… as well as the consequent increase in traffic to your own social media space – your photo is displayed in the celeb’s “friends” list, and you are exposed to thousands of others who now want to get to know you too -is enough to give your life new meaning.

Fortunately, while befriending a celebrity seems like a huge feat, it actually is very easy to achieve, especially on Instagram. Here are the 5 things you should do… Or MAYBE NOT!

Follow the Celebrity and Then ask them to Follow Back
Certainly, you have to make the first move. You are the one looking to befriend them, not the other way round. Usually, celebrities have multiple accounts linked to them. Check for the verification tick next to their Instagram name and then follow them. Once you have followed them, make a comment on their most recent pictures, asking or even telling them to follow back (considering you have just done them the favour of following them). Sure it may present you as desperate, but you want to keep your eyes on the prize. If after a few hours you notice they have been active on Instagram without following you back, slide into their DM to make another follow back request or call them out as snubs.

Make Obvious Comments on Their Post
The celebrity you are hoping to befriend has posted a picture of him/her wearing a white shorts… quickly make a comment saying something like: “Oh nice, you are wearing a white shirt.” The aim of your informative comment is to let him/her in on what they already know and can see for themselves already.  That way, they somehow realize that you both think on the same lines and are destined to be besties. In the case where you don’t know what to say, you can just repeat a comment that has already been made by two or three other followers that will not present you as boring; rather it will show that you are not afraid to speak your mind even when others have already spoken for you. Such tenacity is bound to endear you to the celebrity. They will want to know the everything they can about the 6th person who commented on how beautiful their white shirt looks and discuss it with their other friends. They won’t disregard it as one of the other boring comments people make on posts.

Use insensitive Humour and Witty insults to Ensure Your Comments Pop
These celebrities receive so many comments on each of their posts and chances are they hardly read them all or respond to them all. You have to ensure your comment is strong enough to spark an emotional reaction from the celebrity. Be negative and critical. Say something straight-up horrible or passive-aggressive enough to get the other commenters laughing at them or criticizing them. This will get their attention as they will want to know who started it all. Chances are they get to notice and even respond to your comment. It does not matter if their response to you is not flattering, the point is you have started a conversation with them…you have to start somewhere. It’s not trolling, it’s hustling. You are hustling for their attention.

Post Something about the Celebrity on Your Wall
You may also ask questions or making a request you know they’ll want to answer. For this to work, you have to tag the celebrity and possibly a number of media channels and/or gossips blogs/forums. The intention is to put them in a position where there are compelled into responding to you to avoid shame, or indignation from your followers, or even the society in general.

Once they respond to your question or request, they will certainly want to follow you and keep you in their circle, because…who does not want to befriend someone who puts them in uncomfortable positions or puts them unnecessarily on the spot.

Make Declarations of Sexual Interest on Their Page
What celebrity does not want to befriend a fan who thinks he/she is sexy…right? Befriending a celebrity is a bit like flirting, so you have to bring you’re A-game. Track them and know when they will possibly be online, that way you are sure they see the comment as soon as you post it. It doesn’t matter if they are showing some skin or not, leave a very graphic comment that fully expresses your feeling of lust for their body. You can even go a step further to DM pictures of your best body features to them, encouraging them to give you a chance. It will make them feel so special and wanted… they are bound to warm up to you, and you can kick it off from there. They won’t consider blocking you or doing anything a sane celebrity would do to dissuade a creepy follower.

Despite their good looks, expensive designer clothes and the crow of people following them around…celebrities, like regular people, have that void only real friends can fill. You can be that person they are looking for, and reap the benefits of being linked to a celebrity. Who knows? It could be your own stepping stone to fame!

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Nkem Ndem is a dynamic freelance writer and editor who can be reached for copywriting, editing and proofreading. She is also a content creator (web, T.V, radio) who has had stints with Jumia and SpiceTV Africa e.t.c. Now she works at Glam Africa as Online editor and BellaNaija as Features writer. E-mail: [email protected]; IG: @kem_dem; Twitter: @ndemv

24 Comments

  1. Mamamia

    July 24, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Surely this has to be a joke or words decorated in the form of sarcasm. Why will I want to go through this trouble to talk to a human whom I want to be friends with? If it were a business venture, sure! No new friends.

    • Responding

      July 25, 2017 at 3:00 am

      I dont think its a joke
      Unfortunately, the sad part of.the write up is that this is what most of the entertainment industry In nigeria have ‘cheapened.’ Or downgraded themselves to. Hence why they end up with girls that lie to.them that they’re pregnant after one.hit which was initiated by nkems style of.’reaching’ out.to a celebrity. IGs DM has turned.out to be a new call girl/call boy dating app.

  2. I no send

    July 24, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    Who are those celebrities?who they epp? Unless you mean people like Adenuga, Dangote. I’m sure you didnt mean those in entertainment industry

    • oprah

      July 24, 2017 at 11:53 pm

      All them Superstar human beings…..Fablane by Derin, Toju Foyeh, Tope F and R…..the big girls of Instagram, Lagos and Life………..lol

  3. Meee

    July 24, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    Nkem luv, I am a fan of yours o, but I want to believe you did not write this article with serious intent. I do hope it’s meant to be sarcastic or humorous, if not you have fallen my hand ooo!!!

  4. Live In Ibadan

    July 24, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    You were making sense till you made your last point. This is a NO NO!

  5. gurl_wendy

    July 24, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    The title of this post is wrong it should be “How to be a total creep and stalker on social media”!

  6. Chinny

    July 25, 2017 at 12:17 am

    The last tip is really creepy. Sexual interest ke? from a stranger? I’m not a celeb sef but will run from anyone who declares sexual interest on SM. The best tip is to create a fanpage for them. Gather as many followers on the fan page and put the best of their pictures with swooning words. The celebs who really love their celebship will notice and may even contact you. I doubt if they will find your comment in a sea of 50000 comments but your fanpage may stand out in a pool of 10-20 fan pages. Goodluck!

    Better still spend that time on yourself, your job. Don’t wast ya youth chasing a celeb just for a pic. Or autograph. Worth nothing.

  7. Patty boo

    July 25, 2017 at 1:39 am

    Nkem bia, how many are following you based on these tips?

  8. Corolla

    July 25, 2017 at 3:32 am

    Sarcasm people! Geez.

    • LilMissSunshine

      July 27, 2017 at 12:38 pm

      Wow. I was reading this wide eyed and thinking how people cannot see that this is sarcasm…hoooor!

  9. Californiabawlar

    July 25, 2017 at 3:36 am

    After attending a girls-only secondary school, the most of my adult life has been quite male dominated. But even at that I’ve met and mingled with different types of Nigerian girls – socially, in church, the handful i meet in the course of my career, even here in the BN comment section… even I fit into a box or two (hint: angry bitter single online feminist ?)
    Howeves, this lady Nkem opens a window into a world I wasn’t quite sure existed… the things she writes just wow me!! Fascinating stuff!

  10. Tosin

    July 25, 2017 at 5:29 am

    Lmao

  11. Snow White

    July 25, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Fellow commenters, may I introduce you to Sir Sarcasm? He isn’t fond of blatant appearances, so I thought I’d point out his presence in this article.

  12. Susie

    July 25, 2017 at 8:07 am

    Wtf? Haha haha!

  13. chique

    July 25, 2017 at 8:26 am

    After you people will be forming intelligent and class. Mtcheeew…from first paragragh a smart person will know where nkem is coming from…check for SARCASM in your dictionary folks. Olokus

  14. Ariere

    July 25, 2017 at 8:30 am

    Nkem, I hope u weren’t having Nigerian Celebrities in mind when you were writing this article? But Geez! Y’all need to loosen up and quit taking Life too seriously. This blog is full of sensitive and emotional people!

    Is it too much to take an article of tips at face value and see it for what it really is: humorous, Witty, Sarcastic and really not to be taken seriously. Just read, laugh, move on and get on with ur day? I might even use swallow my pride, believe this might work and use these tips on my Imaginary Arab Billionaire friends I follow on IG. Lol.

    Well I think Nkem is a fantastic writer and she’s one of the reasons I still come back to this blog.

    Keep your fingers typing away Nkem!

  15. Jules

    July 25, 2017 at 8:59 am

    Lwkmd! Nkem! Nkem!! You sure can put a smile of someone’s face while being ‘weak’ @ the same time.

  16. lolarae

    July 25, 2017 at 9:57 am

    so bella naija will post this mess but i cant get an article across

  17. Relocate

    July 25, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Naija celebs and their pride !?

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  18. BA

    July 25, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Guys, this piece is pure sarcasm. Surprising not many people can pick that up right away.

  19. Bolaji

    July 25, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Love this article! Our ‘Instagram stars’ who thinks likes, follows and inspirational quotes equals artistic credibility.

  20. Zoba

    July 25, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    Satire

  21. Orienma

    July 26, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Absolute thrash.

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