Afrika Nå: Nigerian elections - what now?

27 Feb 2019
  • Where: (Feb 27) Kulturhuset, Youngs gate 6
  • When: 27. Feb 2019, 18:00 - 19:30
  • What: Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, was set to vote in presidential and federal elections on 16 Februar. But the elections were postponed last minute to 23 February. The political landscape in Nigeria has changed the last decade, and there is an increasing democratic participation. However, violent conflicts, corruption and militant activists are still challenges for the country. Promises of less corruption and more security has characterized the election campaigns, but what will happen after?
  • More information: http://www.afrika.no/hva-skjer/afrika-nå-nigerian-elections-what-now

Who is most able to lead Nigeria and overcome the challenges the country is facing?

Two men in their 70s are contesting a Nigerian presidential election in which half the registered voters are aged between 18 and 35. Incumbent president Muhammadu Buhari has been criticized for not managing to create enough jobs for the youth, and the former vice president turned rich business man, Atiku Abubakar, has been accused of being involved in corruption.

In the panel:

Idayat Hassan, Director for Centre for Democracy and Development in West Africa

Victor Adetula, Head of Research at The Nordic Africa Institute

Jens-Petter Kjemprud, Norway's ambassador to Nigeria

Moderator will be Camilla Houeland, Postdoctoral Fellow at UiO