Toke Makinwa’s Presence at COP28 Sparks Debate On Social Media

Following her attendance at the recent COP28 Climate Summit in Dubai, popular Nigerian media personality, Toke Makinwa has found herself at the centre of a social media maelstrom.

Some Nigerians are unsure about Makinwa’s significance and the legitimacy of her inclusion, given her presence at the international event. Social media has been used by opponents to voice their worries, casting doubt on Makinwa’s knowledge of climate change and raising the possibility that her attendance may have more to do with advancing her own agenda than advancing the conversation.

Makinwa tweeted that she was looking forward to attending COP28. She said: “When world leaders, Royalty, Climate change advocates and industry game changers gather to meet in Dubai to discuss how to save the planet, #Cop28 May your name be what the whole country decides to trend. (Amen). See you all at Cop30 in Rio Signed, Item number 7. #Cop28Dubai”

Some reactions of social media users include @ijeomaudeagbala_x who said, “Cop28 is a joke, rich people fly in with private jets to tell poorer people who’s contributions to 229 the climate crisis are minuscule to, stop polluting, stop having too many children. All the while they bombing nations and creating more climate emergencies.”

@olayinka_xo reads, “Tinubu’s govt took over “1,400” people to the Dubai COP-28 conference; As if that’s not bad enough, Toke Makinwa that’s nat a climate activist or even making any meaningful impact on society is among the attendees. Tomorrow same govt will be looking for where to borrow, but look at how tax payers money are being misused.”

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Makinwa’s followers have supported her presence by citing her platform and influence as a means of educating their followers about climate change. They contend that having her there will aid in enlarging the discussion and inspiring more people to take up the cause of stopping environmental damage.

The controversy surrounding Makinwa’s attendance at COP28 brings to light the nuanced dynamics of participation and representation in international fora meant to tackle global concerns. Some contend that the main criteria for selecting attendees of these kinds of gatherings should be knowledge and experience, while others hold that a diversity of viewpoints and voices is necessary for productive discussion and resolution of problems.

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