Happy Democracy Day from the Accelerate team to all of our Nigerian readers! Democracy day marks when Nigeria formally handed over power to an elected civilian government after decades of being ruled by a Military government. Today marks the longest continuous civilian rule since Nigeria’s independence from colonial administration in 1960 and represents the restoration of our freedom to choose our leaders.
It’s on historical days like this that we are reminded of how far Nigeria has come since the early days of colonial oppression and military autocracy. We must never forget the road to our freedom was a tumultuous one with many lives lost along the way. It’s also important, especially during these times of civil unrest (the pandemic, ongoing massacres in the north, the rife cases of police brutality in our law enforcement) that we must remember we hold the power and right to change the status quo. Whether you are a Nigerian living in Nigeria, or one in the diaspora, it is important that we all perform our civic duties and exercise our right to vote.
No matter your social or economic background, voting is one of the surest ways your voice can be heard in a bid to push for change. Never take your voting rights for granted as it is a constitutional duty every Nigerian should uphold.
To further ignite your passion for change here are 3 movies you can watch on Nigeria’s history:
October 1st by Kunle Afolayan
Half of a Yellow Sun