EiE’s history is rooted in activism. It was formed after the protests in Abuja on March 16, 2010, and in Lagos on April 13, 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 takes 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
On February 16, 2018, EiE and her partners organized a mass voters’ mobilization under the ‘One Voice’ banner through which citizens were educated on the process of the ongoing Continuous Voters’ Registration (CVR) exercise. The rally took place in 16 states (Plateau, Adamawa, Imo, Benue, Borno, Anambra, Bauchi, Cross River, Kano, Yobe, Kogi, Ogun, Ondo, Niger, Lagos & Akwa Ibom states) and the FCT. Nassarawa & Sokoto happened later.
In honour of the more than 3,000 persons who have died across the country in 2018 alone, citizens came out in large numbers across the country to join the National Day of Mourning and Remembrance organized by Joint Nigeria Crisis Action Committee (JN-CAC) on Monday, May 28th, 2018.
Active citizens in Abuja were joined by 2Baba, Oby Ezekwesili and Chidi Odinkalu to remember all victims of violent killings across the country.
There were peace walks in Abuja, Kaduna, Enugu, Imo, Lagos, Bauchi, Benue, Port Harcourt, Gombe and Abia.
Every Nigerian life must count irrespective of religion or tribe!
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.