Cyber-activism in Nigeria, Join the revolution!
Electricity for all !
In Nigeria, a country of many scandals, there is one scandal that is no longer tolerated: the power cuts! In this country, Africa's most populous (152 million) and the seventh largest oil exporter in the world, some areas remain for days or even weeks without power --and this has been the case for decades. Between "cartels that import generators, sub-contractors who do not complete the electrical work sites, citizens who vandalize electrical lines and installations, from the nonchalant attitude of government to the manufacturers of gensets (installed in developed countries) ", many actors have an interest in the status quo. But Nigerians are finding it increasingly difficult to live in such a situation.
Enough is Enough
Beyond the issue of electricity infrastructure, what is at stake is information, awareness and the education of all Nigerians so that they can participate actively in social change. LightUpNigeria recently joined forces with a new cyber initiative, "Enough is Enough" (EIA), whose objective is to establish a social network for Nigerian youth and build interest in matters of "opinion leadership "and good governance.
Nigerian artists sign up
Nigerian artists are also actively participating in this movement for the awakening of civic consciousness and for the taking charge of development. The R&B and hip hop galaxies seem to have taken over for the great figures of artistic protest, Fela and Sonny Okosun. Thus local stars: eldee The Don, EMX, MI, Sound Sultan, have played an important role in publicizing LightUpNigeria and Enough is Enough, by giving interviews or making videos.
Olanrewaju FASAS, aka Sound Sultan or Naija Ninja, is the rising star of R&B. Far from naijapop, he is a committed artist who, from his first album in 2000, has denounced the ills of society. The themes of his latest album released in 2010, Mission 2010 - Back From The Future, point to hypocrisy, corruption, materialism, bureaucratic inertia and power cuts ...
On a completely different note, Blackhouse Studios, an animation studio based in Abuja, has also conceived the N-report series as a tool to inform, educate and encourage citizens to intervene in public areas. By addressing sensitive issues, N-report hopes to deconstruct the mental patterns that hinder the development of the country while focusing on humor and the second degree. The first episode of the series is devoted to the issue of electricity
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