This throwback photo is already going viral. This is a story of persistence, focus and hardwork; a clear indication that there is hope for content creators and bloggers in Nigeria. The CEO of #WetinhappenPR, Aniekan James Ekah, is the foremost blogger in Akwa Ibom State and the publisher of www.wetinhappen.com.ng – Akwa Ibom’s first and most-visited news blog. He started his blogging career in 2007 after getting trained by an NGO, Creating Local Connections West Africa, in Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria.
Wetinhappen Magazine, as it is popularly called, will mark its 10th year of “Blogging Excellence” on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. The anniversary will be marked with a Mentoring Session tagged #TheCon10nt, where 10 aspiring bloggers in Akwa Ibom State will be mentored for 10 days (November 4th-14th) at #WetinhappenPR, Plot 85, Unit A, Ewet Housing Estate, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.
Aniekan says #TheCon10nt is a Corporate Social Responsibility project aimed at giving back to the society, while contributing to the emerging online ecosystem in Akwa Ibom state. “We hope to do more in years to come. Having identified a few grey areas in the blogging industry in this part of the world, we are poised to step in and make a difference.” he added.
With the meagre number of niche bloggers in Akwa Ibom State, #WetinhappenPR is determined to raise strong blogging brands by 2023. Their goal is to raise 10 niche bloggers who will focus on Beauty and Fashion, Sports, Food, Personal Finance, Health and Fitness, Lifestyle and Personal Development.
“My experiences in the blogging industry have been challenging, demanding and rewarding. We have grown from a one-room business to a full agency and the support we have enjoyed so far from family, partners, readers, clients and the Government has been tremendous!” Aniekan said.
“Special thanks to Creating Local Connections West Africa (CLCWA), for helping me realize my potentials, through peer-led trainings, media creations and strategic use of information and communication technologies, they mentored and equipped me with ICT skills. Now, it is my turn to mentor others.”
“If I can make something out of nothing, I believe everyone else can! Looking back at the years past, the brand WETINHAPPEN is truly worth the stress I go through everyday to make things work!” he added.
With a unique blend of professionally written featured stories, user contributed articles, and high resolution photography, www.wetinhappen.com.ng reaches out to thousands of readers every month and this has been the reason www.wetinhappen.com.ng is highly ranked among the top news-blogs emanating from South-South Nigeria.