We took #VoteYourFuture on a road-trip across Nigeria ahead of presidential elections in February 2019. Young people, determined to make their voices heard, led panel discussions, debated policies and signed the Youth Declaration – calling on candidates to invest in Nigeria’s youth.
Read more about the experiences from ONE champions across Naija.
The #VoteYourFuture Youth Summit was all about giving Naija’s youth a voice. They were keen to talk about their role in the elections, and how entertainment can be used to educate them about the issues that count. Creating more jobs, ending corruption, improving healthcare, access to quality education and investing in agriculture were all hot topics.
The Summit kicked off at the University of Ilorin on the 19 December 2018, before moving to Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife. Interesting discussions soon spread beyond the campus, trending on Twitter. We then moved to Kaduna State University, (KASU) in North-west Nigeria.
The tour moved on to University of Nigeria, Enugu in the South-East making another stop at the International Conference Centre, University of Calabar for the South-South edition of the campaign. A final stop in the North-East at the Federal College of Education, Gombe state brought an end to weeks of empowering young Nigerians to speak out about the issues that matter to them and help create the transformation that Nigeria needs.
It was super exciting to have close to 7000 passionate young people leading conversations about the issues that matter to millions of Nigerians. In her closing speech at FCE Gombe, ONE in Nigeria country director, Serah Makka-Ugbabe, told the audience that “holding our leaders to account is the bulk of our work and that lasts for 4 years… Nigeria only works if each of us does our part”.
Thanks to the support of over 50 ONE Champions, several volunteers and a host of influential speakers, everyone enthusiastically signed the Youth Declaration, bringing the total to over 85,000 people, ending the summit on an exhilarating note.
What do these actions mean for Naija?
If we stay informed about our own future, then we can make sure our elected president builds the strong and prosperous country that we can all be proud of.
Find out more about the #VoteYourFuture policy issues that will build Nigeria.