Sunday, 22 May 2016

Meet Jenny Chisom the best social media expert in Nigeria



Jenny CHISOM whose full name is Helen Jennifer CHISOM Opara bagged a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and Literary studies from Imo State University, Owerri Nigeria and has a few other certifications in others subjects areas especially Entrepreneurship Management from EDC, Pan Atlantic University.


WORK HISTORY
I started working from age 18 at Jethro schools Aba, then MTN Connect Aba as Security officer from Pointers security services after which I went for NYSC at Federal Government College Sokoto and served as an English and literature teacher. Soon after that I worked with Soulmedia communications Ltd as an editor, then Apt Pension Fund managers as a data entry as well as Risk management staff as at 2009.


I started my own Content Editing Company, Logos Audibles same year, did some Consulting jobs then worked as Director of Operations at Rochas Foundation between 2012 to 2014. Finally I was employed as Team Lead, Corporate Communications at Guardians of the Nation International till I left in December 2015.


YOU ARE VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA, HOW DID THIS PASSION COME ABOUT?
My major interest in Social media started in 2009 when I got my first international client from my blog contact. I knew it to be a larger than life tool especially for people like me who can write better than we can interact and network physically.


CAN YOU MENTION SOME OF THE THINGS YOU HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN?
A lot ooo. I have organised a Social media job fair sponsored by DIP consulting Enugu, then Lagos Social media Meetup hosting Lisa L. Flowers from the USA, then I had a passion to share some blogging tips I learnt, so started training bloggers through my LOGiN Blogging Enterprise Programme that birthed an Alumni network, the LOGiN Bloggers Network.


Beyond my own initiatives, I have been part of projects like trending #Dekta #DeltaSmart #GEJWinsIt, amongst many others.


I have facilitated in Twitter conferences, Blog campaigns, Media guests and spoken in various conferences across Nigeria sharing my simple startup story and telling how others can do even more.


YOU ARE THE FOUNDER OF LOGIN BLOGGERS NETWORK, WHY DID YOU SET THIS UP?
Great! I have always believed that bloggers are the conscience of the nation and so set up the network to raise a critical mass of trained bloggers who are ethical and can provide PR services for organisations digitally. A crop trained to tell the Nigerian story originally without plagiarism. Together we organise Nigeria's only Bloggers Party and Awards that holds yearly in Abuja now in its 4th year.


IS IT ACHIEVING ITS PURPOSE?
Yes it is. We are still in building stage because we launched offering services just in March 2016. 

AS A YOUNG LADY WHO HAS ACHIEVED THIS KIND OF FAME IN SOCIAL MEDIA, HOW DOES THAT MAKE YOU FEEL?
I feel blessed that I could have a voice amplified through the viral nature of social media. I no longer feel so shy and timid because people can identify with me now and I have made lots of friends, stayed in touch with family and made money from most clients I have never met physically.

WHAT USES CAN SOCIAL MEDIA BE PUT?
A lot. Learning through research, take Polls and opinions, a media business platform, a networking avenue, prayer chain, counselling and many more.

PEOPLE FEEL THAT SOCIAL MEDIA IS NOT SO GOOD AS PEOPLE ARE ADDICTED TO IT AND THUS LESS PRODUCTIVE. WHAT IS YOUR REACTION?
It can be very addictive because of the instant feedback feature. It’s better to approach its use businesslike than only leisure. Also anyone addicted should detox digitally or wean him/herself from it. Health is wealth.

HOW SERIOUS DO PEOPLE TAKE BLOGGERS?
Very seriously! People sit up when I introduce myself as a blogger. I have gotten lots of favours because of my blog at www.jennychisom.com. It's the bloggers' world really.



RECENTLY LINDA IKEJI BOUGHT AN EXPENSIVE HOUSE AND SOME PEOPLE THOUGHT IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE TO MAKE THAT KIND OF MONEY FROM SOCIAL MEDIA, ARE THEY CORRECT?


People who thought or still think it is impossible are not to be blamed because they don't understand how making money online works. But it is very possible for a blogger to make millions and Linda is just 1 example. Many others like me are rising. (laughing)



WHAT PLANS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE FUTURE?
Many plans under God's guidance.


DO YOU THINK MORE PEOPLE WILL BE ATTRACTED TO BLOGGING?
Yes, infact because of the need I am constantly helping bloggers through training. There will always be need to learn and collaborate because it's media at its best that allows you share content in all formats - video, text, audio, pictures. And the fact that you can make money is also very attractive.

WHAT ADVICE WILL YOU GIVE TO ANYBODY WHO WANTS TO GO INTO BLOGGING OR MAKE BLOGGING A FULL TIME PROFESSION?
Be ready to work, decide what to focus on, get training when you email loginbloggersnetwork@gmail.com and be ready to do it all your life. It is one 'profession' you can retire with and will to your children. It is serious business.



WHAT LEGACY WILL YOU LIKE TO LEAVE BEHIND?
I want to be known as that Jesus girl that impacted her world helping people and who raised exemplary children.

3 comments:

JCBlog said...

Whoop whoop! Such a privilege to be here.

SylvianNnamdi said...

Nice one. Proud of u.

historypak said...

It was a very good post indeed. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it in my lunch time. Will surely come and visit this blog more often. Thanks for sharing. Social Media Management