Leading Nigerian Social Crusader, Stanley Nwabia, Dies At 43

Leading Nigerian Social Crusader, Stanley Nwabia, Dies At 43

By Idoreyin Sampson | Sub-Editor on September 29, 2019
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Stanley Nwabia, a leading social media crusader and media practitioner, has died at age 43.

According to a family source who spoke with The Trent, Mr. Nwabia had septicemia, a blood poisoning and he passed away on Sunday morning [September 29, 2019] after a blood transfusion that went sideways.

Mustapha Hendry, a People’s Democratic Party staffer, told our correspondent that he had spoken with Mr. Nwabia’s wife who was inconsolable.

A University of Lagos graduate of political science, Stanley Nwabia, who was born in Lagos and lived in the southwestern state all his life, was the founder of Ikenga TV, an online platform. He was also the chief executive officer of Firewood media.

Stanley Nwabia
Stanley Nwabia

Nwabia, was one of the leading opposition voices on social media. He used the Twitter handle @MrStanleyNwabia to draw attention to the social and political issues affecting Nigeria. His elevated intellectualism and ability to inject humour and a human connection to his messages made him a champion on the social media platform.

He was an ardent supporter of former President Goodluck Jonathan whom he credited for inspiring him to join politics.

Though he never joined the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, he spent the last five years showing support for the party and pushing a strong opposition narrative to President Muhammadu Buhari and his government. Due to huge influence online, he was often a target of vicious attacks by supporters of Buhari and his ruling All Progressives Congress online.

His last tweet, four days before his passing was on how he would secure a bright future for his family. “‘Stanley Nwabia, what is the pathway to securing a resilient future for your family?’ Me: That time when rain was falling, I take umbrella outside. I come and see plenty people inside rain. But plenty breeze started blowing, it come and spoil my umbrella. So I come and go inside,” he wrote.

Following his passing, prominent Nigerians and other political activists have taken to Twitter to express their shock and admiration for him.

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