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May 29, 2017
Last week, IRI Nigeria Program Director Sentell Barnes sat down with Ndi Kato, a rising star in Nigerian politics. Ndi has joined IRI for trainings for young women in political parties and she is currently working to increase the number of women registered to vote in Kaduna State. She joined... Read More
December 03, 2016
Our political party, civil society and governance initiatives are designed to give a voice to and serve the needs of the ordinary citizen. Yet in many places where we work, traditionally marginalized groups like persons with disabilities remain unrepresented in and sidelined from democratic... Read More
August 08, 2016
Imagine a country where youth leaders are often beyond the “youth age range” and youth-focused policies are discussed without inclusion and input from youth? Welcome to Nigeria. Nigeria is a country where youth make up a majority of the population but are often sidelined by political elite and... Read More
May 27, 2016
As a young and curious university student in 1998, I anxiously waited at the Benue Hotel in Makurdi where prominent politicians and activists in Nigeria gathered to discuss the new transition to democracy. The meeting not only shaped the formation of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), which... Read More
March 23, 2016
(IRI’s M&E Scholars Program is an intensive course designed to help field-based M&E specialists to better understand, design and apply cutting edge concepts, methods and practices to their work. The program includes a condensed three day workshop in Washington DC, which is what James writes... Read More
March 16, 2016
In October, 2015, Generation Democracy hosted its first event outside the U.S. in Dakar, Senegal and brought together 45 young leaders from the West African countries of Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, and Senegal for a collaborative conference and advocacy skills... Read More
December 03, 2015
Part of IRI's objective is to strengthen the role and inclusion of marginalized groups in Nigeria’s political parties.  Since 1999, IRI has implemented programs aimed at mainstreaming persons with disabilities (PWDs) into the structure and processes of political parties.  The active... Read More
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Alao Sunday Afolabi

Assistant Program Officer, Africa
September 13, 2015
This week, the discussion in Nigeria has focused on the first 100 days of President Buhari’s time in office.  Analysts disagree on the role that the president has played in the National Assembly’s leadership elections, the recent presidential appointments, the government’s efforts to combat... Read More
June 08, 2015
Nigeria celebrates its transition to democracy every May 29 (Democracy Day) and has set aside this date for inauguration of new governments.  Former President Olusegun Obasanjo was sworn-in as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on May 29, 1999 marking the end of several years of... Read More
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Robina Namusisi

Resident Country Director, Nigeria
May 05, 2015
Nigeria lost an important religious figure over the weekend with the passing of Chief Imam of Abuja National Mosque Ustaz Musa Muhammed.  Imam Muhammed leaves a long and important legacy in Nigeria, and most recently with his efforts working with the National Peace Commission and underscoring... Read More
Posted by

Gretchen Birkle

Director, Generation Democracy