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Rise Networks launches SHOWDOWN TV Show on the Nigeria’s 2011 Elections #whataboutus



A leading Youth Development Firm in Nigeria, RISE Networks has concluded plans for a Television Program tagged Nigeria’s 2011 Elections SHOWDOWN with the slogan, “Anything About Without Us Is Not For Us” to be aired on Channels daily at 3.15pm – 4pm on weekdays from March 14th till April 22nd , 2011


SHOWDOWN is based on constructive engagement to enable Young Nigerians match advocacy with action through a peaceful revolutionary platform and the pivotal role of RISE is to inform and enlighten young people on their fundamental rights as major determinants of winners and losers in the electoral process while also demanding accountability from elected office holders at all Levels of Government. The ignominious state of Nigeria as a Nation of educated illiterates, Jobless Graduates,  Crime, poverty and an unstable economy is as a result of the hitherto abysmal failure of Leadership in Nigeria and its attendant saddening impact on the citizenry, especially the most significant voting bloc, the Youth who form 55percent of the entire Nation’s population.


Toyosi Akerele, Executive Director, RISE Networks

Toyosi Akerele, Executive Director, RISE Networks

Speaking in Lagos at a World Press Briefing in the week, Toyosi Akerele, the Executive Director of RISE Networks explained to Press men that one of the major purposes for conceptualizing and hosting the Television Program is to institutionalize credible and accountable Leadership at all levels of Government through Mass Sensitization using all available Media, online and offline, local and international. She added that Rise has impactful and massive presence in about 15 Nigerian States across all the 6 geo-political zones and they will leverage on this advantage to deploy relevant electoral and advocacy information to all classes of young people in various communities in the Country. While responding to some of the questions posed by Youth Stakeholders present at the Briefing, the publicist for SHOWDOWN, Tope Falade informed that the citizen’s framework embedded in the Program will allow extensive youth participation by voting in Election Polls on to feel the pulse of young people on who they will like Nigeria’s next President to be. Youths can also vote by sending SMS through a short code. Daily Results will be announced and shown on Channels Television. Read more

VIDEO: My Vote Fit Change Naija

The short film project which is with support from USAID through The National Democratic Institute USA is a non-partisan citizen’s led initiative designed by Youngstars to mobilize Nigerians, especially young people and first time voters to come out and vote, and also vote wisely during the forthcoming 2011 general elections in Nigeria. Directed by one of Tinsel’s Director, Alex Mouth, it features ace comedian Julius Agwu, Nollywood Star Adaora Ukoh and popular Nigerian musician 2shots.

VIDEO: Lagos Governorship Debate 2011 #RSVP #NigeriaDecides

Youth Organisations Ask Nigerian Presidential Candidates, “What About Us?

Monday, February 21, 2011. Abuja, Nigeria – Building on momentum from a mass voter registration drive, a coalition of several youth empowerment groups and blogs, including Vote or Quench, Enough is Enough Nigeria, Sleeves Up, and Nigeria Leadership Initiative, are calling for the first-ever presidential youth centered debate in Nigeria. Looking ahead to the April elections, the debate would focus on the key issues affecting a critical voting demographic, with the age group of 30 and under representing 70% of the population.

The debate will be a direct conversation with Nigerian youth, inviting presidential candidates to answer questions posed by young Nigerians, at home and abroad, via social media networks including Facebook and Twitter, text messages and phone, about key topics of concern. For the first time, the candidates will have platform to share their agenda with the nation in a live-televised format, laying out specific and concrete solutions. The debate is tentatively scheduled for the last week of March, 2011.

“It is easy for politicians to promise change without having a clue about the realities Nigerian youth face every day

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