"Civil Society and the State of Democracy in Nigeria"
Please note: This event was originally scheduled for March 1, 2021.
Samson Itodo, Executive Director, Yiaga Africa.
Co-sponsored by the UMass Boston Center for Peace, Democracy, and Development.
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Darren Kew, Associate Professor, McCormack Graduate School, University of Massachusetts, Boston.
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Samson Itodo has led Yiaga Africa since its founding in 2007, and has helped to transform how Nigerian civil society groups engage youths in democracy building activities. These include the successful #NotTooYoungToRun movement, which succeeded in convincing the Nigerian National Assembly to amend the Constitution to lower the age citizens could run for office by 5 years at the federal level in 2018. Mr. Itodo will draw from his experience and work on movement building, legislative reforms, and electoral integrity initiatives in order to discuss Yiaga's efforts to build youth movements for democratic change, and his perspective on the state of civil society in Nigeria overall.