With 5,852 followers on his Instagram accounts alone, F.Shaw, former EFCC twitter handler, remains one of the popular social media personalities in Nigeria. He shares his experience with ANGEL GEORGE in this interview
The EFCC suddenly announced your disengagement via its twitter handle, did you resign or you were sacked?
I am not sure many organisations announce the sacking of an employee on their official social media channel. I resigned and there is no ill feeling towards my former employer and to the best of my knowledge, none towards me as well. It was all amicable.
For how many years did you work with the EFCC?
I worked with the commission for almost three years. I got the job like every other recruitment. I submitted my curriculum vitae and got called over for a test. I did an interview and a polygraph test. The whole process took almost two years and I was offered the job based on my performance.
What was your experience as the EFCC twitter handler like?
The experience as the commission’s twitter handler was full of both pleasure and pain. Pleasure because I got to understand the psychology of human beings better; the way they reason, process and comprehend information. Pain because I saw some of the vilest abuse known to mankind. Overall, it was a great experience as the handler and I enjoyed it while it lasted.
How did you become EFCC’s social media handler?
I think my bosses had always felt I had decent writing skills and I had a good head on my shoulders, so they decided to assign that task to me.
When you were unveiled as the EFCC social media handler, how significant was the increase in your followers on all your personal social media accounts and how did you feel about the development?
It was quite unbelievable. I had about a thousand per cent increase in followers and it was so surreal. I had no idea people loved and followed keenly what the commission was doing online. My phone packed up a lot of times. It took me almost three weeks to be able to respond to messages as I had lot of messages coming in from different people.
Were you at any point in time scared while handling the EFCC twitter handle?
While handling the commissions’ twitter handle, I was never scared because I had restrained myself with certain conditions I had to be sure before clicking the “tweet” button. The mentions were always a mine field. When you handle an account as important as the commission’s, you will see a lot of things, many you cannot comment on else you bring your organisation to disrepute; so you need to have a lot of self control. I was never scared because I could defend every single tweet I put out there.
Negative feedbacks are inevitable, how do you react to negative feedbacks?
I agree with you that negative feedback is inevitable. The best way to deal with negative feedback is actually the hardest way; which is to ignore it and most people being human would prefer to get in the ring but I never got into the ring if I was not 100 per cent certain of taking the belt. Self-control is key.
Did you have fun working with the commission?
Yes, I did. It’s a great establishment; one every Nigerian should be proud of. I am grateful and privileged for the opportunity I got to serve my country through the commission.
How were you able to come up with creative replies on the EFCC handle?
I don’t know, to be honest. I think my brain processes information a little differently. I love the beauty of languages and structure text/conversations, how words are used. I also come from an artistic background so I guess that’s where that came from.
Do you have any regret working with the EFCC?
I have no regrets working with the commission at all. I had a nice time working in such an organisation.
Since you’ve been unveiled, are women flocking around you more online?
Well I think that’s a normal thing, it comes with the territory but I do not take them for granted. I am sure they are just nice people who love and respect the work I did for the commission.
Now that you are no longer the EFCC twitter handler, how has life been compared to when you were?
Life has been great, I have more work to do and I’m looking forward to living a life of impact to people around me.
What is next for you?
What next? More music and more work. I will be releasing a new song this September. I have a small follower-ship that has been waiting for my hiatus to be over. The song is titled “Lagos City Lights” and it is my ode to Lagos. I recorded with Ego (Lagbaaja). I also have a number of consultancy projects for some top brands that I am working on which I cannot disclose now.
How has your previous employment affected your music career?
Well, more people now know the name F.SHAW and that works for me. It can only be a good thing.
If you had the opportunity to change one thing while you were working with the EFCC, what would it be?
If I had the opportunity to change one thing while I was working with the commission, I would change absolutely nothing. I had a great time working with the commission.
What advice can you give to the Nigerian youths on self development?
On self development, Nigerian youths must understand that unemployment is not the end of the world. The fact that you are unemployed does not make you lazy or less valuable. The world is just yet to catch on to your magic so just hold on and hone your skills. There is no limit to the amount of knowledge you can gain or skills you can acquire while you wait your turn to add value to another man’s business. Find a way to be brilliant. It is difficult to ignore brilliance.
How often do you encounter your followers when you step out of your home?
If I go out five days in a week, I probably get recognised thrice. It’s okay. Many love to take selfies and photos. It’s no problem. So I would say, I encounter my followers often.
How did you discover your musical talent?
Well, I’m not quite sure how I discovered my musical talent but I have always had a thing for writing. The pieces I wrote or write always elicited some form of emotion and I was raised around a lot of vintage music as my father was a collector of some of the best music of that time which of course, are now timeless pieces. I grew up on a lot of country, soul and pop music. One way or the other, I got attracted to rap music because I was fascinated with the structure of compositions and I’ve been in love with Hip-Hop music ever since.
And how did your parents react when they discovered you wanted to become a singer?
I am a rap artiste though not a singer. Like most Nigerian parents, they weren’t the biggest fans of my decision to go into music but they caught on later and they are probably the biggest F.SHAW supporters today. They just needed me to complete my education and they have been very supportive ever since.
Do you think the social media is a viable way for youths to earn a living in Nigeria?
Yes, I believe the social media is a viable way for the youths to earn a living in Nigeria. It’s all about perspective. Do you see the glass as half full or half empty? I think content is key and only quality content will drive enterprise.