Twitter ‘Big wig’ @C_NyaKundiH is having the worst time of his life, perhaps even worse than when he was kicked out of college.
With a follower count of nearly a half a million, Nyakundi has been reduced to just 258 at the time of this writing.
The unprecedented drastic fall in number has made him a laughing stalk in those nasty streets, especially since it has been an open secret that he’s one of the ‘bigwigs’ who bought and have continued to buy followers.
For just a few dollars, you can have thousands of Twitter followers in no time, but there’s a catch. The followers are actually fake accounts with no real people operating them.
Twitter regularly cracks the whip and shuts down these bot accounts, in the process leading to massive loss of followers for many people.
Nyakundi’s case may not be unique, but it’s curious that the number dropped to such a low figure. At some point, it seemed to have stabilized at around 13,000, but that would soon drop to 3 digits.
In December last year, photo sharing site Instagram deleted millions of fake accounts, and some of the most hit were big celebrities. Justin Bieber lost 3.5 million followers, Kim Kardashian 1 million and one non-celebrity – @ChiragChirag78 who lost 3,660,468 followers leaving only 8.
Well, it has always aroused curiosity how Nyakundi, a relatively unknown Kenyan, could compete with the likes of Jeff Koinange and Uhuru Kenyatta in terms of followers.
While I honestly don’t believe his half a million followers were genuine, I’m surprised he only retained 200. Perhaps it’s a Twitter glitch, but we’ll have to wait and see.
KOT have been very unforgiving and below I’ve sampled some of the Tweets Nyakundi is dealing with.
Everything of Nyakundi is fake including his brain
— W A F U L A (@GazzahBuoy) March 19, 2015
Being a bigwig is good for the ego but bad for the heart..sasa labda nyakundi anaongezwa maji kenyatta juu ya kushtuka.
— T.O.M (@wandishh) March 19, 2015
Ka hii mambo ya nyakundi si uchawi ni?
— ::S.T.I.V.O.L.A.H:: (@Stivolah) March 19, 2015
hahaha! Nyakundi amefanyia 'followers' wake nini?! Enyewe serikali inafaa kuingilia kati kuokoa hiyo big small-wig!hahaha
— Dr M. M. Micheni (@michenimike) March 19, 2015
Unfollowers wa nyakundi wakivuka boarder pic.twitter.com/xdp57MxaAC
— [email protected] maina (@kamonjomaina) March 19, 2015
Nyakundi's follow Count story is Sad.
— Lobst4r (@Malowbar) March 19, 2015
If I were nyakundi I'd just twicide
— Dan Ki-moon (@Danielki_) March 19, 2015
Nyakundi akidandia Trending topic ya Bigwigs pic.twitter.com/nqKLOBwD3x
— Musyoks! (@Wangosh254) March 19, 2015
hi @kenyattauniversity ..do you offer courses on how to stay relevant …asking for nyakundi
— Protoculture (@labokaigi) March 19, 2015
So who is stealing Nyakundi's followers Fam? From 500k to rags
— Young Earmecks (@JrKinyenze) March 19, 2015
“@kariukiTN: Achaneni na nyakundih pris. "@ZaggaStulla__ : NYAKUNDI Hahahaha pic.twitter.com/dSIb1nMSo1 "”
— Private Developer (@Crazy254n) March 19, 2015
Mkienda party ya Bigwigs na mskie Nyakundi ako kwa guest list pic.twitter.com/n6Ot5C6EAx
— Musyoks! (@Wangosh254) March 19, 2015
LMFAO "@ItsBumaye_: LOL "@Mjei_: Nyakundi explaining how he went from 500K followers to 13K followers pic.twitter.com/qKo3RE7uvP""
— ReD VeLvET °.° (@CuteThang_Paula) March 19, 2015
Nyakundi when he realized he has 13k followers pic.twitter.com/Znoz06fGD0
— SIRE® (@ChesireJ) March 19, 2015
Meanwhile Nyakundi and his follower pic.twitter.com/nAYSnpYhKe
— Brága (@FredrickTemu) March 19, 2015
"@Tarno__: Nyakundi might be losing followers,But on the other hand he is gaining unfollowers." pic.twitter.com/LiQMO0tYID
— 6ix™ (@iMugeh) March 19, 2015
"@AdamMaina_: Trying To Read Number Of Nyakundi's Followers pic.twitter.com/zLvw5fSvG6"Lol
— على ابن عمر نصر (@Albino3rdborn) March 19, 2015
UPDATE: The followers have returned and now stand as 476,000. With the overnight turn of events, we can only conclude Twitter systems were acting up.