EiE Nigeria | Weekly Updates – Thursday, February 26, 2015

“If our democracy is to flourish, it must have criticism; if our government is to function it must have dissent.”

– Henry Commager

Social Media Week: February 23 – 27

Celebrating Freedom of Speech on Social Media: An Evening of Music, Spoken Word & Short Talks (#SMWLagosNites, #SMWFreedom)

Tonight, we wrap up our 3rd year at Social Media Week Lagos with an evening of music, spoken word & short talks as we celebrate freedom of speech that social media supports.
We started this tradition last year with Seun Kuti & Omawumi headlining.

This year, we are joined by Oritsefemi, Brymo, Aduke and Efe Paul. The evening’s host is the one and only Denrele Edun!

On Monday we hosted – Citizens, Government & Technology (#SMWCitizens) with the Honorable Minister of Communication Technology, Mrs Omobola Johnson. On Tuesday, we had a conversation about Tech, Citizens and Elections: How Technology Supports Free, Fair and Credible Elections (#SMWElections) with representatives from INEC, Facebook, Google, Reclaim Naija & the Yar’Adua Center. We were also joined by the Canadian High Commissioner, John Perry Calderwood.

Register | Select | Vote | Protect: 30 days to elections!

Having problems getting your voter card? Send a report to inec - www.govote.ng
.Presidential & National Assembly – Saturday, March 28

Governorship & State Assembly – Saturday, April 11

View the election info kit here

On Saturday, February 28th (the old date of the Governorship & State Assembly elections), Nigerians United for Democracy will hold a Democracy Rally from Maryland to Gani Fawehinmi Park in Ojota starting at 11 am.

Lend your voice to the call that March 28th & April 11th must stand.

No Hand Make-up for Elections

INEC has warned against the use of henna (lalle) within 2 weeks before the election, so as to limit potential issues when capturing fingerprints for accreditation.
Henna (lalle), a dye prepared from a flowering plant, is used by northern women in the art of temporary tattooing.With henna in the hands, the card reader will most likely not capture the voter’s fingerprint, thereby creating issues in the voting process.

Buni Yadi & BBOG

Yesterday, February 25th marked 1 year since 59 school children were killed in FGC Buni Yadi. We remember them today and always. Justice will be done.Saturday, February 28th would be 320 days since our #ChibokGirls were abducted.

Join a meeting in your city to reaffirm your commitment to the safe return of the girls.

  • Abuja: Unity Fountain. 4pm Daily
  • Ibadan: Dugbe Cenotaph. Saturdays. 5-6pm
  • Lagos: Marina. Saturdays, 11 – 2pm
  • Osogbo: Freedom Park. Sundays. 4:14 pm

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Get Ready To Protect Your Vote: Download Revoda

Finally … Revoda 2.0 is here!

Developed by EiE in 2011, ReVoDa was created to provide citizens with a tool to report on elections – results, incidences & the process. From the comfort of your phone you become an election observer!

The app also allows EiE to send to each user location-specific messages.

Download here.


“Songs for Change” harnesses the power of music to encourage those who believe in a better future for Nigeria and Africa. It is a weekly dose of revolutionary music to inspire social progress in Nigeria. Lately featured was “One Day” by eLDee.

List of featured songs.

Have a great weekend!

The EiE Nigeria Team