Nigeria Elections 2011

2011 is presidential election year in Nigeria. Image by Flickr user ComSec (CC BY-NC 2.0).

2011 is presidential election year in Nigeria. Image by Flickr user ComSec (CC BY-NC 2.0).

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The 2011 Presidential, National Assembly, Gubernatorial, and State Assembly elections in Africa's most populous country, Nigeria, took place in April 2011, against a backdrop of increasing local ethnic and religious tension.

The presidential election was held on 16 April 2011, postponed from 9 April 2011 due to various logistical and administrative problems. The election sparked controversy given the tradition of rotating the top office between the religions, after Umaru Yar'Adua (a Muslim) died and Goodluck Jonathan (a Christian) assumed the interim presidency in 2010. Incumbent Goodluck Jonathan was declared the winner on 19 April, 2011.

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Featured Global Voices Posts – Nigeria Elections 2011

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11 Jan – Nigeria 2011: A Year of Small Victories and Great Challenges

May 2011

04 May – Nigeria: Social Media and the 2011 Elections

April 2011
22 Apr - Nigeria: Tweeps Report And Discuss Post-Election Violence
17 Apr – Nigeria Votes 2011: Opinions from the Polls
16 Apr – #PlessYaHand and #NigeriaDecides Trending
09 Apr – Nigeria: Tweeting Parliamentary Election 2011
07 Apr – Nigeria: Will Technology Impact 2011 Elections?
04 Apr – Nigeria: Bloggers React to Parliamentary Non-Polls
03 Apr – Nigeria: Tweeps to follow during Nigeria Elections 2011
01 Apr – Attahiru Jega: Nigeria's Electoral Captain or Captor?

March 2011

29 Mar – Nigeria: What Are Nigerian Bloggers Saying About the 2011 Elections?
25 Mar – Nigeria: Blogger Arrested for Allegedly Blackmailing a Politician
21 Mar – Nigeria's Golden Opportunity for a Social Revolution Through the Ballot Box
19 Mar – Nigeria: Ruckus Over Presidential Debate


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Hashtags: #NigeriaDecides | #Cool2Vote | #ReVoDa | #nigeria

Twitter lists:

Key Tweeps:

  • @Africanelection – African Elections project
  • @feathersproject – Nwachukwu Egbunike, writer and publisher
  • @MrFixNigeria – Ohimai Godwin Amaize, Nigeria's youngest presidential campaign manager
  • @obionyeaso – Obi Tabansi Onyeaso, founder of investor relations firm based in Lagos, Nigeria
  • @TechLoy – Nigeria's leading technology blog
  • @toluogunlesi – Features Editor and columnist with Nigerian newspaper, NEXT / NEXT on Sunday


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