Lagos traffic takes Nigerian to New York

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Gidi Traffic, Lagos motorists’ favourite traffic guide, received a nomination for a Shorty Award which honours the best short format content creators on Twitter.

Gidi Traffic helping Lagos' traffic in Nigeria via Twitter. (image: Traffic is one of 399 nominees for the “Life Saving Hero” category. The bulk of the nominees are from the United States. Other entrants include New York’s Fire Department, actress Sophia Bush and US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Gidi Traffic started using Twitter September last year to save Lagosians petrol, stress and commuting time, easing congestion on Lagos’ roads. Users can use their Twitter handle to find information on filling stations to the nearest hospital for accident victims and which areas you should avoid.

Gidi Traffic was invited to the March 26 award ceremony at the Time Center in the Big Apple after receiving the most African nomination votes.

A spokesperson said: “Gidi Traffic is the only African [entrant] amongst the finalists in this category and we are proud to showcase a young and brilliant innovation from Nigeria. We see this as a huge opportunity to put Africa and Nigeria, most importantly, on the map for a positive cause.”