EiE’s history is rooted in activism. It was formed after the protests in Abuja on March 16, 2010, and in Lagos on April 16, 2010.
In response to the lack of leadership and crisis in the nation, we organized a rally to the National Assembly in Abuja on March 16, 2010. Responding to requests from young Nigerians to make their voices heard, we marched to the Office of Lagos State Governor on April 13, 2010, to request that he take our message to his colleagues.
Both rallies shook the nation with its buy-in from young Nigerians – professionals, students, celebrities and youth-led organizations.
On October 5, 2011, we coordinated the Rape Walk in Abia, Lagos, and Abuja.
On January 3, 2012, we were also among the prominent organizations that led the #OccupyNigeria protest, one of the most organized protest in Nigeria’s history. The protest was widely covered by international media organizations.
On September 26, 2013, we coordinated the protest to the National Assembly – #OurNASS, which was aimed at raising awareness about the disconnect between legislators and Nigerians. Details on the demands and press coverage here.
On February 6, 2017, we organized a nationwide protest tagged #OneVoiceNigeria in order to point the attention of the government to five critical issues based on
- Transparency in all tiers of government
- Cost of governance
- Social Justice and Corruption
All our activities were self-funded.
Though a tool of last resort, we will not hesitate to take our concerns to the streets.
Our partners included YIAGA, Nigerian Women’s Trust Fund, and FOI Coalition.