A Nigerian man identified as Mallam Bawa has lamented about the decline in the patronage of newspapers in recent times with the rise of online media.
According Mallam Bawa, the introduction of the online media has led to the downfall of his business which he has been doing for the past 51 years. Bawa, who is a newspaper vendor made this disclosure to BBC News Pidgin.
The man who kick-started his vendor business at the end of the Nigerian civil war said he had achieved success with it. Mallam, who is a resident of Kano said he built a house, got married and took care of his 15 children through the newspaper business.
However, he lamented to BBC News Pidgin that now the internet has made poverty set upon him.
Social media users react to his call for a return to newspapers. The old newspaper vendor’s call for Nigerians to return from internet news to newspapers stirred reactions on social media
@xwaggaruns reacted: “Adapt with change… Even Electric cars go soon dey enter naija.. Petrol is going out of fashion and that’s the end of Nigeria politics on the international stage.”
@sparklesjewelries wrote: “Aaaayaaa…. That part where he said “No newspaper Companies has brought anything to celebrate his long years in Service” got me.”
@toesscene commented: “Eeya….atleast he did something good when he had the money. Now kids can takia of him.”