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February 12, 2020
February 13 marks the United Nations World Radio Day, celebrating the role of radio in educating the public, spreading vital information and promoting democratic freedom. Even as technological advantages have ushered in a communications revolution, radio remains one of the most accessible platforms... Read More
February 06, 2020
History is full of examples of countries where a large population of politically disengaged and disaffected youth resulted in political upheaval and instability. With more than 50 percent of its population under the age of 30, youth engagement in Nigeria is crucial to the country’s political... Read More
March 29, 2019
The International Republican Institute (IRI) deployed a mission to Nigeria to observe the country’s presidential and legislative elections held on February 23, 2019 after a one-week postponement. IRI, in partnership with the National... Read More
October 04, 2018
The International Republican Institute (IRI) was present for the off-cycle gubernatorial elections on September 22, 2018 in Osun State, Nigeria. We traveled to Osun State, Nigeria to assess recent reforms pursued by the electoral commission and security forces to improve the electoral environment... Read More
September 24, 2018
In Nigeria, political parties lack ideology and manifestos. But the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)’s town hall meeting marks their first step towards open... Read More
August 22, 2018
The International Republican Institute (IRI) was present for the off-cycle gubernatorial elections on July 14, 2018 in Ekiti State, Nigeria. The trip was meant to inform the findings of a pre-election assessment mission conducted jointly with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) from July 11-20... Read More
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

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