Teenager Sami Muhaimani talks to the BBC about being a teenager in the internet age.
The 13-year-old from Kano, Nigeria says that she can’t help but be influenced by the internet, which has brought her closer to her older brother, Ali, who she describes as “a very quiet person” but “always laughing”.
Her parents, both from Kankoori, were killed in a car crash in 2011, leaving her with a brother and sister who are now living in London.
She says she is constantly being asked about her brother and the rumours and speculation around them has “made me very angry”.
She tells the BBC’s Breakfast program that the internet has made her “feel really alone”.
“I was not really like my brothers,” she says.
“I don’t really know who my brothers are.
It’s really hard to know.”
She explains that she feels like she is “not allowed to express myself” online because of her appearance and that her family members “feel that I should do it [online] as a joke”.
When asked if she felt “lonely” in the age of social media, she says that it has made them feel “lucky”.
“I feel lonely when I don’t know anyone and I don`t know my friends.
I just feel like I’m alone and I feel lonely,” she adds.
She also says that her younger brother, who is also 13, is “always joking around”.
“He will make me laugh,” she explains.
“We are always laughing.
I’m very happy, happy, really happy.”
Muhaimania says that there are still “very few” people in Nigeria who “are aware of the internet”, and she hopes to one day join them.
She says that the younger brother and she are not connected on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, and she does not use Twitter or Instagram at all.
“We don’t even talk about it on the phone.
We don’t speak online at all,” she said.
Muhimani says that when she was younger she was “like a little girl who wanted to be a girl”.
“When I was little I was always watching TV and I was just a little boy.
I wanted to do this.
I had a lot of dreams and I wanted my future to be like this,” she told the BBC.
She hopes that someday, when she is older, she will “become a bigger person” and be able to help others.
“I think I should become a teacher.
I want to teach people, and I think I could help people,” she added.
Mina Ndunga, from the World Wide Fund for Nature, says that internet use can lead to “disappointment” in people who are not “active citizens”.
“Internet can be a way of communicating with people, but it can also be a distraction for children who are more disconnected and isolated, and they are more vulnerable,” she tells the programme.
“It can also affect mental health, and even physical health, because of the lack of connection with family, friends and community.”
What we need is a social media solution that would enable young people to communicate with one another, without the fear of losing their privacy or identity,” she continues.
Mihaimania also told the programme that she is not a fan of Instagram and that she does “not even use Facebook”.”
There are a lot more people who I see online, I just see other girls,” she concluded.