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CNN Nigerians are using a Twitter hashtag to help their country’s economy

News February 14, 2016

By Heenali Patel, for CNN

Oil prices are plunging fast, and few countries are feeling the pinch more than Nigeria.

Crude prices have fallen by 75%, and Nigeria, Africa’s biggest oil producer, is now losing money by pumping it. Just last week, the government announced it’s looking to borrow up to $9 billion to plug the gaps in its shrinking finances.

The slump has led to massive cuts in foreign currency, and exchange dealers offering rates much higher than the official 199 naira (₦) per U.S. dollar. Imported goods are quickly becoming unaffordable.

Now, Nigerians are taking to Twitter to bring their economy back from the brink. They’re using the hashtags #BuyNaijaToGrowTheNaira and #BuyNigerian to promote local crafts and products, in the hope that it will bring a much-needed boost to the nation’s economy.

Championing “Naija” products

To encourage more Nigerians to buy homegrown goods, Twitter users are showcasing everything from “Made in Nigeria” sunglasses to buses and beds.

For some, #BuyNaijaToGrowTheNaira is about being proud of Nigerian brands, and encouraging start up businesses to provide jobs for the young. Read full on CNN

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