Nigerians go to the polls on March 28 in consequential elections that could decide the future of Africa’s largest democracy. Incumbent Goodluck Jonathan is facing a tight race with longtime rival Muhammdu Buhari. Security, Boko Haram and a slugging economy are all dominating the campaigns. Meanwhile, Boko Haram and fear of election related violence abounds.
I speak with journalist Dayo Olopade, author of The Bright Continent: Breaking Rules and Making Change in Modern Africa about the significance of the elections, what ordinary Nigerians are thinking when they go to the polls, and why fears of violence may be overblown.
If you have 15 minutes and want a sophisticated take on elections in one of the world’s largest democracies, have a listen. (And if you like what you hear, subscribe)