Atunyota Akpobome, Nigerian veteran stand-up comedian better known as Ali Baba, says having massive followers on social media does not translate to a large number of loyal fans. 

The 53-year-old wordsmith, known for his expressive opinions on social media, said some users follow you to “see you slip and fall” to the extent that they operate like “monitoring spirits”.

“Some are following to see you slip and fall. They don’t want to miss that moment. They want to be one of the first responders. That’s why when you post something and it offends some sensibilities, they all jump on you like vultures. They have been on standby for so long,” said Ali Baba, in a lengthy post shared on his official Instagram page.

“You never see them share that post of the seminar you are having to their WhatsApp group. Naaaaaaaa. They would rather die than post the picture of your child graduating. For why? They have talked so bad about you, that they are too ass-shamed to applaud your success. Because they told many you will never make it.”

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Some are following to see you slip and fall. They don't want to miss that moment. They want to be one of the first responders. That's why when you post something and it offends some sensibilities, they all jump on you like vultures. They have been on standby for so long. _ You never see them share that post of the seminar you are having to their WhatsApp group. Naaaaaaaa. They would rather die than post the picture of your child graduating. For why? They have talked so bad about you, that they are too ass-shamed to applaud your success. Because they told many you will never make it. _ Many of them are so bent on your failure, that they have to create a fake account to help them post those acidic comments. Like your post? Why? For what? Say who die? They will rather use the data to go through your competition's page and leave thumbs up there. _ Someone says you are stingy. You think someone you paid their rent will say, No. She is too generous. She gave me… She bought me… She was my life saver… Mbaaaaa. Because they may have even started the falsehood. _ So following you is not a sign of loyalty of admiration. Thats how monitoring spirits operate

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The comedian cum actor also said that some hypocritic followers go as far as creating fake accounts in a bid to post derogatory remarks on social media.

“Many of them are so bent on your failure, that they have to create a fake account to help them post those acidic comments. Like your post? Why? For what? Say who die? They will rather use the data to go through your competition’s page and leave thumbs up there,” the actor wrote.

“So following you is not a sign of loyalty of admiration. That’s how monitoring spirits operate.”

Ali Baba is set to host his forthcoming O2 Indigo comedy show scheduled to hold on August 25, in London.

The O2 Indigo would be featuring Tuface Ididbia, Gbenga Adeyinka, Kenny Blaq, Dan the Humorous among others, as guest entertainers.



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