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Nigeria’s 2011 Elections SHOWDOWN – Youth-Focused, Analysis-Based TV Programme Debuts Today

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A leading youth development firm in Nigeria, RISE Networks has concluded plans for a Television Program tagged Nigeria’s 2011 Elections SHOWDOWN with the slogan, “Anything About Us – Without Us – Is Not For Us” to be aired on Channels daily at 3.15pm – 4pm on weekdays from March 14th to April 22nd 2011.

The focus of the programme is for young Nigerians to match advocacy with action through a peaceful revolutionary platform and the pivotal role of RISE is to inform and enlighten young people on their fundamental rights as major determinants of winners and losers in the electoral process while also demanding accountability from elected office holders at all levels of government. The ignominious state of Nigeria as a nation of educated illiterates, jobless graduates,c rime, poverty and an unstable economy is as a result of the hitherto abysmal failure of leadership in Nigeria and its attendant saddening impact on the citizenry, especially the most significant voting bloc, the youth who form 55percent of the entire nation’s population.

Speaking at the press briefing, Toyosi Akerele, the Executive Director of RISE Networks explained that one of the major purposes for conceptualizing and hosting the television program is to institutionalize credible and accountable leadership at all levels of government through mass sensitization using all available media, online and offline, local and international.

Reacting to the fears and speculations expressed by other community leaders during the conference that politicians in Nigeria are not responsive to young people except when they need to use them to perpetrate vices, Toyosi expressed vehement confidence that as a result of the unprecedented political consciousness on the part of young Nigerians, the 2011 Elections will not be business as usual. She also said that the level of awareness is evident in the increased percentage of registered voters for the forthcoming elections and that young people are now aware that once they sell their vote, they will be helpless for another 4years during the time which most of our leaders will spend amassing wealth and writing the next script for their story telling exercise on reasons why they should be re-elected, though without providing any succor nor transformational leadership for their people. If those politicians plan to win any election, they had better start speaking with the youth not to themselves.

The Program will be anchored by Chinedu Chidi, winner of the 2010 Debaters Reality TV Show and Lami Phillips, United Nations Youth Ambassador.

Participate

  • Participate in the SHOWDOWN Election Poll. Go to www.risenetworks.org.You can also vote through by sending us SMS through our short code. Daily results will be announced and shown on Channels Television
  • SHOWDOWN invites objective and change driven young people who are non-partisan guests on the Program, if you are interested or know anyone, send a mail containing your name, phone, state of residence to [email protected] Please note that if you are coming on the Show from outside Lagos, you wil be responsible for your travel and accommodation expense.
  • Send ideas on anti-rigging measures to be implemented during the forthcoming elections
  • For your Showdown Advocacy Materials, visit www.risenetworks.org/showdown or call 0706.054.5017, 0706.054.5018 or email [email protected] or [email protected]
  • Use SHOWDOWN LOGO as your Blackberry, Facebook and twitter profile photos and status updates.

Airtime
SHOWDOWN airs on Mondays till Fridays, daily from 3.15pm- 4pm.
Nigerians in Diaspora can also watch this program LIVE on the Internet via www.channelstv.com

Connect with SHOWDOWN:
• Blackberry PIN: 21676f3E
• Twitter #RiseSuper
• Facebook: RISE GROUP
• Youtube: www.youtube.com/rise
• Skype: Risenetworks
• Website: www.risenetworks.org/showdown
• Send Comments on the program and vote for your Presidential Candidate by SMS to short Code – 32120
• Hotlines: 0706.054.5017, 0706.054.5018

SHOWDOWN Topics:
• An analysis of the preparedness of INEC for Nigeria’s 2011 Elections
• The role of community leaders in the electoral process
• Why are Ministers of Youth Development always Older People?
• Niger Delta Crisis and the Youth
• Demystifying political parties for youth participation; discuss why party youth leaders are not youth
• Youth organizations and their influence and interest in free and fair elections e.g. NANS, National Youth Council of Nigeria; their roles as election rigging machinery and political thugs
• Youth Parliament discussion and engagement with Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates
• Youth Representatives go head to head in a debate to convince other young Nigerians to vote their candidate as Nigeria’s President
• Performance appraisal of Governors across the 6 Geo Political Zones of Nigeria
• Specific Demands; Energy and Power, Value Re-orientation, Education Advancement, Employment Generation, Wealth Creation and Access to Funding!
• Security Personnel such as State Security Service, Police etc. on Kidnapping, Thuggery, Assassinations, bombings etc.
• Power Holding Company of Nigeria
• National Youth Service Corps and its relevance or waste of useful time
• Youth as tools for perpetrating major religious crisis such as Boko Haram etc.
• Do or Die Politics; why are our leaders glued to their Seats despite their inability to offer effective and transformational Leadership?
• Why do our leaders disappear after winning elections?
• Civil Society Organizations like R2K, OSIWA, UNDP, Ford Foundation etc.
• Youth Led and Micro Credit / Small and Medium Enterprises
• New Media, Social Networking, Use of Technology in Electoral Process

More About SHOWDOWN
Showdown is a media-driven, social consciousness advocacy platform for youth to demand accountability from elected office holders. It is based on constructive engagement where the ideas and solutions proffered by young people are brought to the fore to help our Leaders deliver good governance and transformational leadership! An initiative of RISE, Nigeria’s leading youth development centre, it is hinged on a historic footing as the first and only youth-focused program on Nigerian television for the 2011 Elections!

Visit us on www.risenetworks.org/showdown!; www.facebook.com/rise group and follow us – @risesuper on Twittter

21 Comments

  1. cathy

    March 14, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    The way to go, 2011 here we come.

  2. uuuuu

    March 14, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    1st

    • Ready

      March 14, 2011 at 1:48 pm

      Abeg, if you don’t have any comments that are relevant to the post…don’t write at all if all you’re gonna write is first. Especially when you’re not.

      Can Channels’ page can handle all the traffic. I just logged on and it was acting weird…what’s gonna happen when tens of thousands of us in the diaspora log on? Generally, I am so excited…I just wrote papers defending Africa, specifically Nigeria’s progress forecast in the next 5-10 years…this is pivotal!
      Oh…I love the question, ” Why are Ministers of Youth development always older people?”

  3. D.O.T.M.H

    March 14, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Hmm, we can only pray something comes out of this

  4. Tiki

    March 14, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    NOT QUITE!
    I’m excited for youth…may this be a turning point in Naija’s history!

  5. faruq kaziim ibrahiim

    March 14, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    I’m soo excited to read through every lines of this interesting page!
    And I pray for the success of this great idea, and which to be part of the advocacy if opportuned.

  6. faruq kaziim ibrahiim

    March 14, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    I’m soo excited to read through every lines of this interesting page!
    And I pray for the success of this great idea, and wish to be part of the advocacy if opportuned.

  7. Mek

    March 14, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    So much potential in the future for Naija’s youth. Let’s make history!!!!

    Interesting fast food poll to take if you live/work in Nigeria http://poll.hbs.edu/poll/open/pollTakerOpen.jsp?poll=130205

  8. Jennifer Howe

    March 14, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    The voices of young people are vital to the democratic conversation. It is important to be familiar with and prepared for civic participation. Youth are participating members of the community and the decisions made by the government affect them. Using technology not only advocates this message to participate in discussing the elections but also creates networks and opportunities for the future. I hope this program and it’s message reaches as many people as possible in Nigeria and around the world.

    • Sara

      March 14, 2011 at 8:57 pm

      Then Spread the word, the only way this can be successful, is not by leaving comment on a blog site, but by sharing with your friends via face book and twitter.
      Join the movement #whataboutus# on facebook and twitter now

  9. Olusola Amusan

    March 14, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    When we all agree that silence is not golden, then change is on the way. Go RISE
    -SA

  10. Tolu Babs

    March 15, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Young people really need to start making decisions in this country….
    Thanks to RISE for such a platform…..GO RISE!!!

  11. kunle

    March 15, 2011 at 8:33 am

    if its youth-based why hasn’t RISE spread the news through other channels. Its looks exclusive if i only heard of this here.

  12. AdeniyiRISE

    March 17, 2011 at 11:08 am

    The Presidential Election Polls on http://www.risenetworks.org/showdown has produced great results as at today Buhari is Leading by 48%, Nuhu Ribadu 29%, Goodluck Jonathan 16%, Akpona Solomon 4%. Cast your vote for who you wish as the President of Nigeria which would be announced on Showdown CHANNEL TV daily.

    Let’s DECIDE THE FUTURE WE BELONG TO!

  13. AdeniyiRISE

    March 17, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Few Hours to Today’s episode of SHOWDOWN with discussions on NEW MEDIA & IT AS VIABLE CHANGE DRIVERS IN THE 2011 ELECTIONS. Watch the LIVE broadcast on Channels TV from 3:15pm – 4:00pm or the LIVE Streaming on http://www.risenetworks.org/showdown.

    It’s gonna be DA BOMB!

  14. AdeniyiRISE

    March 17, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    In our ongoing Presidential Polls on Tuesday, Ribadu was No. 1, Buhari No. 2, Jonathan No. 3 (See http://www.risenetworks.org/showdown to view results and cast your vote) As at Yesterday, Buhari was in No. 1 position, Ribadu and Jonathan in No. 2 and 3 respectively! Results are announced on SHOWDOWN everyday on CHANNELS TV! SHOWDOWN Topic for today is “New Media and IT as viable Change Drivers in the 2011 Elections”.

  15. AdeniyiRISE

    March 18, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Today on SHOWDOWN, we have 4 Major Political Parties in Nigeria go head to head in a debate as they bring to bare their Party Ideologies and Manifestos before Nigerian Young people! Why do a sizeable number of Youth think one Political Party in Nigeria isn’t different from the other. Why are Party Youth Leaders mostly not Youth, most of them are over 40years of age? What r ur Questions? 3.15pm, CHANNELS!

  16. Francis Morris

    March 18, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Who will you vote for in the 2011 Presidential Elections?
    Select your choice for Presidential candidate in the April 2011 Presidential Election
    Click or visit link below;
    http://sites.google.com/site/nigerian2011election/

  17. oosalai

    March 31, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    my fellow nigeria as long as pdp is concern they have nothing to over nigeria s but now the problem is ! if nigeria refused to over jonathan this ticket it may lead to triber war, and hatered pdp is complete murderer and ex police . soilder that si why all governor , and local gover,ment chairman are killing people, if obj can killed bola ige, OBASANJO SAY IS LAW MAKER ARE currupt that mean his also do.wipe out all state that beleong to pdp and have mercy on jonathan and see how best he can run is slomotion under looting machine call pdp the looting machine of nigeria.

  18. SALIH MUSA YAKUBU

    April 22, 2011 at 6:12 am

    i am founder of nigeria youth parliament, founder nigeria vision 202020 youth volunteers group and presently special assistant to the Governor of Kogi State on youth participation and value re-orientation, how may i partake in your live youth interractive session my gsm no is 08036954864.

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