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#NigeriaDecides - My day at the polls

And finally the day of Nigeria's Presidential and National Assembly elections came. As expected, there were a number of complications throughout the day. From malfunctioning card readers, electoral officials showing up hours late (in my area, they didn't show up until about 11am, but in other areas, some allegedly didn't get to their Polling Units till 2pm or later), to voting materials (ballot papers) not being released, it was definitely a confusing day for some. However, other areas recorded a smoother process, even though it was still slow.

Here are some of my tweets and a short clip from my #VotingDiaries as #NigeriaDecides

If nothing else, today was an exercise in resilience, perseverance and national pride. Despite the challenges and the frustration they caused, I saw and heard reports of people waiting all day to make sure their votes were cast, and for those (like me) whose voting has been postponed until tomorrow, many are going the extra mile to protect their votes and ensure the process goes smoothly tomorrow.

I'm hopeful that this is growth in the people's consciousness, and that there will be a positive movement out of all this, no matter the winners.

 

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Presidential Panel: Promos & Air-date!

As you guys know, we had a panel session with Nigeria's president a while ago.

We asked several questions on many issues, and the interview will air on Wednesday, 11 March, 2015 at 10pm WAT on EbonyLife TV, Channel 165  on DSTV.

Check out some snippets: I asked the President about the alleged Financial Mismanagement in his administration. 

And here he is talking about the business of Politics and how it can affect a good name.

And of course,  he had something to say about a further postponement of the Elections:

He definitely had a lot to say. Will you be listening?

 

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A Presidential Panel: Meeting GEJ

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A Presidential Panel: Meeting GEJ

I know I'm not the only one weary of almost everything Elections-related, especially as here in Nigeria, the big events were postponed another 6 weeks, bringing about another storm of mistrust, anger, and of course, frustration.

For me, it was partly a blessing in disguise, because it meant I was able to interview the President of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, and find out a bit more about what he plans to do in the now 3-4 weeks left, if this was just a ploy to somehow extend his current term, talk about his achievements as well as discussing previous promises many don't believe have been fulfilled.

So, last week, off I went to Abuja with a group of colleagues for a panel discussion with the President at his home. It was my second time there, but my first in the less official area. We got to see the gardens, complete with a mini-zoo, walked through the villa and ended up in a small banquet hall, which he uses to entertain fellow presidents/heads of states/leaders. It's definitely a very impressive place, as I'm sure most Presidential Residences are.

We asked him questions ranging from the perceived mismanagement of the economy, to the potential of an interim government, to his favorite dish and what he values most in his personal life. We got some very surprising answers (and another less serious invitation), which will air soon on EbonyLife TV. Of course, I'll keep you posted on air dates, and share any clips once they've been uploaded.

Now, personal politics aside, I'm proud of the fact that I've interviewed a sitting president, a presidential candidate, and a governorship candidate in my state, all in the space of a few months. Ticked off a few things on my "Hey, I'm a Journalist" bucket list!

What are your thoughts? Are you over the whole Election thing? Will you tune in, or is your mind already made up?

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Video: Panel with Presidential Candidate Buhari

And here we go If you didn't catch this on EbonyLife TV or aren't in one of our broadcast countries, here's the panel discussion with APC Presidential Candidate Muhammadu Buhari, which I moderated. 

Over 50,000 views on Facebook! Please let me know what you think!!


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