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Why N20 trended on Twitter


Nigeria’s N20 denomination made it to the big time on Twitter on Wednesday as it became a topic of discussion on  the Nigerian tree of the bird app.

While you may be guessing the reason for the cameo, you might need to erase any thought, if you have one, the extinction of the currency as no one was bidding farewell to the popular Naira note with pseudonyms such as Shandy and Muri.

And as a matter of fact, the reason N20 was trending on Twitter was because users are unwilling to part with the denomination, which happens to be one of the littlest of the country’s currency.

Who is demanding for N20 from Nigerians, you may wonder… I’ll answer that briefly:

Recall that the Nigeria Communications Commission, NCC, gave telecommunications operators two weeks to block all SIM cards not registered with a National Identification Number, yeah, that one.

Fast-forward to Wednesday afternoon, when a customer of telecommunications giant MTN, tweeted an advise on how the operator can simplify the registration process.

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The user who tagged MTN Nigeria Support’s verified account @MTN180, said: “Just add an icon to the my MTN app to update our NIN. To make things more easier. Thanks”

Having acknowledged the tweet, @MTN180 replied with suggesting a ‘seamless’ option which would cost customers the sum of N20.

“Y’ello @PHoluwatosin This is noted. Please use the link below to capture your details seamlessly pending when verification of the submitted NIN is completed through NCC/NIMC. You can dial *346# and press 1to confirm if your phone number is registered with NIN @ 20 naira,” MTN responded.

The reply from the telecoms giants did not go well with many users who responded thus: