Nigeria’s Presidential elections over the years have been everything but conveying of an actual realistic plan of each aspirant.
So used to the half-baked campaigns of these presidential aspirants laced with falsehood, that it seemed Nigerians never really openly questioned this status quo.
This sense of neglect by Nigerians on methods of reconciling with mandates of Presidential candidates may have come to end. Grace to the convener of We Rise Initiative and broadcast journalist, Laila Johnson-Salami and artiste Falz, on a quest to question the status quo of Nigerian elections, put the On The Couch Naija together.
Boasting two episodes with two Presidential aspirants, the birth of this show might be Nigeria’s modern way in knowing aspiring presidential candidates.
In the two aired episodes, the hosting duo sat with aspirant Olasubomi Okeowo for a début episode and Donald Duke.
About two weeks back, clips from the début episode rocked Nigeria’s digital community. Okeowo in these popular clips showed every Nigerian watching not only his inattention to national details, but also, a huge dose of misogyny.
Okeowo’s quick dismissal of Nigerian talents and creativity, makes one wonder what kind of Head of State he’d make.
In terms of social capitalism, aspirant Fela Durotoye mentions transforming government culture, fixing law enforcement and transforming the minds of the people through a ten-point plan. These three basic plans Durotoye plans to implement if elected as president.
Other interviewed aspirants like Donald Duke etc and their delivery of action plans and mandate may yet give the nation of Nigeria a chance. This chance already with a lot of promise is offering citizens a chance to for the first time, witness more honestly, the intentions of each candidate.
In discussing with media platform, Native, On The Couch Naija co-host, Johnson-Salami says that the exposure to each candidate’s perspective was what the show was about.
She feels the conversations sparked by the popular clips online concerning Durotoye and Okeowo are what should trail Nigerian elections, so voters would know who they are voting for.
Falz’ alter-ego might be a goofy rapper, but his intense satirical cover This is Nigeria, put him in a place where Nigerians were finally able to notice his interest and attention to details of the Nigerian political scene.
Thanks to Falz and Laila, Nigerians for the first time, have been privileged in witnessing an essential core of our political scenes.
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