Together with the Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement (YIAGA) in Nigeria, the Embassy in Abuja is hosting a series of virtual Democracy Talks. On three Wednesdays in a row, the Embassy and YIAGA are holding live sessions on Facebook with different themes and speakers. The aim is to highlight, discuss and create a debate around the state and future of democracy in Nigeria, with a special focus on engaging young people.
Woman parliamentarian Taiwo Olukemi Oluga and the coordinator of the respected network Proactive Gender Initiatives in Nigeria, Esther Uzoma, shared their experiences and opinions. The comments sections of @YIAGA and @SwedeninNigeria were filled with questions and views. The second discussion was all about the importance of young people’s engagement for democracy. The main speaker was the founder of the successful Nigerian campaign #NotTooYoungToRun, Bella Anne Ndubuisi, and parliamentarian and chair of the Young Parliamentarians Forum Kabir Tukur Ibrahim. The last discussion in the series will be about the role of civil society.
Our partner YIAGA has played a key role in issues concerning young people’s political participation in Nigeria. YIAGA is said to have been instrumental in President Buhari’s adoption of the Age Reduction Bill, popularly known as the ‘Not Too Young To Run Bill’, which reduced the age limit for political candidates in Nigeria.
Greater political influence for women and young people in Nigeria requires increased access to education and knowledge for these groups. There is an acute need for cross-generation dialogue, and the importance of mentoring was emphasised throughout.
In the photo: Ambassador of Sweden to Nigeria Carl-Michael Gräns, with colleagues from the Embassy.
Written by: Embassy of Sweden in Nigeria and Kajsalisa Pohl