Nyeri County women representative, Priscilla Nyokabi, yesterday pleaded with Kenyans to follow her on Twitter.
In a series of Facebook posts, the legislator lamented how she has been on the micro-blogging platform since May last year, but was not getting any followers. After a whole year, she only boasted of slightly over 200 followers, just the same number she follows back.
These were her FB posts yesterday.
I have very few followers on twitter… Please help…
Hey, though I joined social media late in May 2012 with lots of persuasion from my friends Jin Ho and Gabby of Netherlands and Angote G, ED of Kituo I have done well with fb however with twitter I am very analogue… Kindly I want to be digital with twitter too before I advance to Whats up… Help me increase the reach in twitter… Please, any advice?
Hey, my twitter handle @wakilinyokabi – please follow….
Hey friends, kindly follow me on twitter – I will follow back. I will also try to tweet more even with the 140 characters challenge for a woman and a lawyer prone to being wordious… I am a bit panicked at being a young MP who is not digital! This time I will give twitter a good shot!
Very few Kenyan politicians have reasonable number of followers on social media. The few exceptions include: President Uhuru with over half a million, his deputy William Ruto, Mike Sonko, Raila Odinga, Najib Balala etc.. all with several hundred thousands.
Only those with national reach seem to crack it.
In Nyeri for instance, Nyokabi compares well despite having a not-so-convincing number. Mathira mp Peter Kinyua only has 90 followers on Facebook while Kieni MP Simon Mathenge has slightly over 300.
Additional reporting by Standard