Y! Magazine releases the Register.Select.Vote.Protect Issue & lands an exclusive interview with the Nigerian President

Posted on Tuesday, April 12th, 2011 at 11:08 AM

By BellaNaija.com

After three successful editions, the editors of Y! Magazine are pleased to announce its elections issue! Themed the RSVP Issue, (Register.Select.Vote.Protect), this historic edition achieves an impressive string of firsts.
In an unprecedented show of acceptance, President Goodluck Jonathan sits down to a live interview with Y! – a two-hour exclusive with the Editor, Chude Jideonwo and Aziza Uko.

Mr. Jonathan – the one candidate with everything to lose as the incumbent and the only democratic president not elected into office – takes on hard questions about the youth debate, the power sector, the Benin-Ore road, Wikileaks, the EFCC, the PDP, with exclusive pictures from Ty Bello and Obi Somto.

Excerpts from the interview:
Power – you took it as a priority when you came into office – but, as with successive governments, one year down the line in terms of practical change in everyday lives, not much seems to have changed. Why not?
I cannot agree with you that not much have changed. Before Nigeria started investing in the IPPs our production was just about 1000MW now we have attained 4000 MW even though by the investments we have made we should have attained 10,000MW if not for the constitutional challenges that we faced in investing money from all ties of government into the IPPs. But we are back on track and will make quick progress.

Also, we have seen the usual band of millionaires who seem to support every government of the day making headlines as supporters of your campaign. Many believe that these people are not inspired by your message, rather their own selfish interest to remain in favour of your government. Can you assure us of independence from these money-bags if elected?
I run an independent government and at all times our decision-making process has placed national interest over special interests. This is how we have managed to solve problems like perennial fuel scarcity.

Many Nigerians have also come out to strongly identify the PDP’s big umbrella with its many narrow interests, as the problem with the country. Some like Prof Wole Soyinka, have said the PDP is wired against Nigeria’s good, what would you say to that?
Nigeria is a country with many challenges and I can appreciate our collective impatience to make progress. The problems we have cannot be belittled to the point of seeing them as problems of PDP or problems caused by the PDP. The problems we have are problems that the PDP is not solving fast enough. I concede.

More of these hard questions on the lips of every Nigerians and frank answers are in the latest issue of Y!

We are proud of this achievement because it is the first time that a serving President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria would grant a lifestyle magazine an interview,” said Ms. Uko, who assumed the position of Y!’s Editor-at-Large in March. “And it is the first time that Mr. President would grant a face-to-face sit-down with any media outfit this campaign season. We are obviously very proud of this scoop – hence our special double-cover issue.
It’s a double cover – and the second cover has M.I, Banky W, Omoni Oboli, Sound Sultan, Ruggedman and Ice Prince share their thoughts on these elections and the future, plus an exclusive RSVP shoot with Obi Somto.

Y! also chronicles the historic youth participation and organization in these elections. Nmachi Jidenma reports on how young people are organising in “Working for Change”, James Sambo scores on youth volunteering for various campaigns in “Team Spirit”, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu shares his experience hosting Nigeria’s first ever youth-focused presidential debate, Ifreke Inyang takes a crucial look at the impact of Twitter and Facebook in these elections in “Online vs Offline”, there’s an interview with Nigeria’s youngest campaign manager Ohimai Amazie, Cheta Nwanze writes Don’t forget the Governors and for those “Spoilt for Choice”, four supporters tell what’s special about their Muhammadu Buhari, Nuhu Ribadu, Goodluck Jonathan and Ibrahim Shekarau.

In a style shoot, Y! captures the young (and the old) in everyday situations who say one thing – it’s cool to vote! And, in addition to this bumper package, Y! debuts Y! XTRA – a pictures, parties, fashion, and style pullout that comes free!
“Call it recommended reading for the 2011 elections – and after!” said its Managing Editor, Adebola Williams. “We call this a collector’s item – and we know for certain that this historic RSVP edition is guaranteed to blow you away.”

The magazine is available from Tuesday, April 12 2011 nationwide.  For more information and a list of stores and vendors are available on www.ynaija.com.

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  • 22 Comments on “Y! Magazine releases the Register.Select.Vote.Protect Issue & lands an exclusive interview with the Nigerian President”

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    • dewowo April 12, 2011 at 11:18 AM

      yeeeeepeeeeeeeeee! 1st

    • Tyna April 12, 2011 at 11:24 AM

      no gift 4 uuuuuuu

    • dewowo April 12, 2011 at 11:30 AM

      ‘The magazine is available from Tuesday, April 11 nationwide.’
      BN pls take note: Tuesday 12 u mean?

    • Tamfiri April 12, 2011 at 11:31 AM

      Who said the youth vote will not count? Haha. And so the president knows that PDP is the problem? Nice one guys!

    • Anti-pop April 12, 2011 at 11:35 AM

      D’banj you say your mates? You see your mates dey deal with Mr. Presido – with sense? Thanks to Ynaija for showing these politicians that the youth are not music-and-dance people. Kpppscbhew.

      • jay April 12, 2011 at 12:28 PM

        Lol! Well said….

    • Tiki April 12, 2011 at 11:39 AM

      lol..@dewowo and tyna, u both are hilarious!
      That said, serious stuff here! that second cover gave me the shivers…I hope for 9ja’s sake that the youth don’t just talk the talk, they walk the walk!

    • dewowo April 12, 2011 at 12:00 PM

      kudos to these celebs!
      i hv always condemned dat D’banj&Jona chat. it was meaningless

    • dinma April 12, 2011 at 12:05 PM

      thanks to twiiter for mobilising the youths! like really i would think this musicians n celebs wur just air heads but the mini blogging sites u’ll see they really mean well for the fans n country alike. And if you want to be the ‘first’ to comment follow @bellanaija on twitter to knwo when there’s a new post.

    • meeee April 12, 2011 at 12:07 PM

      Errrr, Chude didn’t you get the memo of sitting postures when talking to the president? What Tha…….

      • oda girl April 12, 2011 at 4:11 PM

        abeg free him! he’s obviously not impressed with mr president’s responses :P

    • akudo April 12, 2011 at 12:11 PM

      9ice one, Ymagazine

    • Poju April 12, 2011 at 12:37 PM

      LOL!!!! @meeee Chude looks bored by the president: ) Chude!

    • Naj April 12, 2011 at 1:21 PM

      Chude’s hustle is hardcore. He has passion and drive and look were it has taken him. I wish he could bottle some of that his ginger oh. Nice work!
      http://www.th3rdculture.wordpress.com

      • partyrider April 12, 2011 at 2:05 PM

        huh! “…bottle some of that his ginger”?

        • Ready April 12, 2011 at 9:56 PM

          Lol…yes, now partyrider. Bottle some of the ginger and sell it wholesale. I’d be more likely to buy that than whatever’ Koko’ D’banj is selling.
          Again…I am awed by the private sector and the power of our youths in Nigeria. Democracy and development, here we come!

        • Naj April 13, 2011 at 4:23 PM

          Yes oh, I ment “Ginger” as in his hustle, grind, work ethic…..

    • Poju April 12, 2011 at 2:26 PM

      LMFAO!!!!!!! Hope say no be woman talk that bottling ginger talk o?! But I feel you – guys like him make me proud to be Naija.

    • dewowo April 12, 2011 at 2:37 PM

      @Naj, Jona will swagger his ginger if not bottled up na

    • jcsgrl April 12, 2011 at 6:11 PM

      abeg what about the other candidates? I dont see these lifestyle mag giving them an audience!

    • sweetie April 12, 2011 at 6:39 PM

      omoni looks hot and ice prince’s face/lips….annoys me and yes instead of talking about voting, i am yarning my own here…ok as a good citizen, everyone should go out and vote..the power is in your hands…ok yes, i am no more shallow..ehem :)