15th Century Print Media, 21st Century Social Media.

By UBA ACHO.

When German goldsmith Johannes Gutenberg invented movable-type printing machine around 1436 (although he was far from the first to automate the book-printing process). Little did he know what a revolutionary invention he has gifted the world and Europe in particular.

In the 15th century, the innovation enabled people to share knowledge more quickly and widely. The printing press was the invention of the century, and radically changed how ideas and thoughts were shared. Books, pamphlets, and documents of all types could be printed and distributed all throughout Europe; leading to a mass spread of knowledge and communication – ultimately pushing the scientific enlightenment. Printing press drastically changed the way society evolved. It had dramatic effects on European civilization. Its immediate effect was that it spread information quickly and accurately. This helped create a wider literate reading public. It caused new ideas, thoughts, and doctrine to be made available to the public in ways that had never been seen before the sixteenth century.

The printing revolution also contributed mightily to the Protestant Reformation that split apart the Catholic Church. Recorded history had it that, it was on the 31st October 1517 that Martin Luther defiantly nailed a copy of his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle church. Printing press helped Luther´s opinions and disagreement to spread around, this way people would be informed about reality. His followers also started disagreeing with the teachings of the Catholic Church, so a protest started.

With the invention of #internet #Social_Media and #Smart_Phones, the sociocultural, sociopolitical and religious dynamics in our societies can never remain the same.

Ten years ago in our African societies, these fraudsters, scammers and actors called pastors would’ve got away with this movie and play acting called miracle. They hired the woman, and used her condition to deceive and brainwash the gullible and unsuspecting masses, then go ahead and defraud them.

The church is not under any attack, the church is being found out and called out. The truth is, Nigeria and Africa will never see pastors at the calibre of Oyedepo, Adeboye, Oyakhilome, TB Joshua, Suleman Etc again, that era is over, people know better today and have the facilities to expose the tricks, deception and lies.

What Printing press did to Europe in 15th century, is what internet, social media and smart phones are doing and going to do to Nigeria and Africa. End of dark ages and usher in renaissance age, the Age of Enlightenment, the age of reason.

The printing press almost immediately change culture, politics, beliefs and religious practices in Europe and Germany in particular. Today internet, social media and smart phones are doing exactly same thing in Africa and Nigeria in particular.

Wake up my fellow Africans, no miracle can build our societies for us, no Jesus is coming to take us to any beautiful city in the sky. Only us can build our society, only us can develop beautiful cities here on the continent of Africa. Only us, by us and for us.

Africa is rising again ✊🏿✊🏿✊🏿✊🏿

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