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Nigeria’s ‘democracy generation’ makes its voice heard as polling day looms

By Aanu Adeoye

17 Feb 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

Nigeria’s electorate is young and hungry for change—according to the FT, 84 percent of the newly registered voters are aged 18 to 34. But voter registration doesn’t necessarily indicate the turnout.

Jola Ayeye’s popular I Said What I Said podcast is a regular delve into life as a young woman in Nigeria, enlivened by boisterous discussions with her co-host and guests about pop culture, celebrity, love and friendship.

But she has recently added another topic to the conversation: the need for her generation to get out and vote in next weekend’s elections that analysts say are the hardest to predict since Nigeria returned to democracy in 1999.

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