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Yiaga Africa and the European Union hold Mega Concert to Encourage Youth Voter Participation

As part of efforts to increase youth political participation in the forthcoming 2023 general elections, Yiaga Africa, the European Union and its partners held a Mega Concert tagged the Youth Vote Count Mega Concert in Lagos on June 11th. 

Crowd at the #YouthVoteCountNG Mega Concert in Lagos
Crowd at the #YouthVoteCountNG Mega Concert in Lagos

In her goodwill address, the European Union Ambassador to Nigeria and the ECOWAS, Ambassador Samuela Isopi, noted that the massive turn out of youths to get registered is a sign of hope for a better future for Nigeria.

She said the EU was committed to supporting Nigeria, reversing the trend of low voter turnout in elections , and encouraged the youths to make sure their votes count and build a better Nigeria.

The Ambassador acknowledged the tremendous progress made by INEC in the last few years with technological innovations and reforms to make elections more transparent and more credible. She also expressed confidence that all the hard work put in by the Commission to reform the electoral process in Nigeria would ensure the votes of every Nigerian count.

Her Excellency Ambassador Samuela Isopi, Head of the European Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS speaking at the concert
Her Excellency Ambassador Samuela Isopi, Head of the European Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS speaking at the concert

In his remarks, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu encouraged the youths to shun violence in the coming elections, as the Commission ensures that their votes will count. 

“In the last week, we have registered over 5000 people. When I saw the crowd that trooped here to register, we had to change our strategy. We decided that instead of everyone coming here (TBS) to register, we would register prospective voters in 20 centres spread across 20 local government areas in Lagos. Also, more machines will be deployed all over Lagos from next week,” said Yakubu. 

INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu speaking at the concert
INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu speaking at the concert

Taking to the stage, rapper Folarin Falana, aka Falz, urged the youth to get their PVCs, stating that without it, we cannot claim to achieve the change we clamor for. “They are killing us every day. You can see what happened in Ondo, Kaduna and Sokoto States. Please, it is important to get your PVC,” concluded the rapper. 

Rapper, Falz
Rapper, Falz

The Mega Concert was headlined by Kizz Daniel, and there were performances by artistes including Teni, Waje, Patoranking, Joeboy, Asake, Mayorkun and many others. 

Kizz Daniel
Kizz Daniel
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Tuface Idibia
Tuface Idibia
Waje
Waje
Patoranking
Patoranking
Jude 'M.I.' Abaga
Jude 'M.I.' Abaga
Omawumi
Omawumi
Small Doctor
Small Doctor
Pasuma
Pasuma
Teni the Entertainer
Teni the Entertainer
Bella Shmurda
Bella Shmurda
Comedian and skit maker, Lasisi Elenu
Comedian and skit maker, Lasisi Elenu
Comedian and skit maker, Mr. Macaroni
Comedian and skit maker, Mr. Macaroni
Comedian and actor Broda Shaggi
Comedian and actor Broda Shaggi
Concert hosts, KieKie and Real Warri Pikin
Concert hosts, KieKie and Real Warri Pikin 
Concert deejay, DJ Nana
Concert deejay, DJ Nana 

The show was the grand finale of a week-long voter registration drive, which saw over 11,000 youths registered at the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos Island. 

A cross-section of citizens waiting to be registered
A cross-section of citizens waiting to be registered

The Youth Vote Count Mega Concert in Lagos is the first of its kind. 

 

The second Mega Concert will be held at the Eagle Square in Abuja, on Saturday, June 25th, 2022. 

 

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Yiaga Africa is a non-profit civic hub of change makers committed to the promotion of democratic governance, human rights and civic engagement. With its operational base in Abuja, Nigeria, Yiaga Africa focuses on in-depth research, providing critical analysis on key democratic and governance issues, crafting practical solutions, training and empowering citizens to lead change in their community. Yiaga Africa implements several innovative programs aimed at stimulating active citizenship, protecting human rights and deepening democratic governance. We invest in building networks and social movements to drive social change and transformation. Yiaga Africa has leadership structures and members in all 36 states and 774 Local Government Areas (LGA) of Nigeria.