Since 2020, National Youth Day in Nigeria has been celebrated annually on November 1st and is a day dedicated to celebrating the Nigerian youth.
The new national youth policy of 2019 indicates that youths in Nigeria are citizens between the ages of 18 and 29, and according to a report released by the Nigeria Communications Commission in 2021, over fifty percent of the 120 million Nigerians who are online are youths.
Social media executive and Media and communications expert, Omolola Saka has stressed that social media can be harnessed creatively to empower Nigerian youth and promote positive change in society.
Saka said that social media can be used for information sharing, activism, mentorship, crisis response as well as advocacy.
The social media expert added that the National Youth Day is a day for individuals in governance to show solidarity to other young people
She also called for support and better collaboration in the form of various mentorship programmes with people in governance.
The expert, however, heaped praises on the Nigerian youths on their continued use of the social media for their personal growth as well as in the interest of the nation.
A consistent creative use of social media is needed for the growth of the nation while a call has been made for the individuals in governance to join with the youths.