Dream Project for Africa randomly sampled social media posts by Nigerian politicians to study how Nigerian political leaders were using the social media to win public support and votes. The purpose of the study was to conduct an inferential study on how Nigerians are likely to vote in future elections. Responses were categorized into “in favor”, “not in favor” and neutral.
Using the real case of a Nigerian official political leader who recently published a post on Facebook and stated that they had worked with their local government heads in response to the victims of an oil spill accident in the political leaders constituency by donating 500 bags of rice, 1000 Guinea brocade, 1000 wax print, 100 cartons of tin tomato, 500 blankets, 500 mattress, and 50 cartons of soap, our organization conducted a study based on comments and reactions (choice of emoticon) of those who responded to the political leader.
Data size is a post of 867 Comments and 270 Reactions. We considered only reactions to comments, not the main reactions.
Although we agree that providing temporary relief to suffering masses is a nice idea, we think Nigerians have been exploited time and time by leaders who box the people into helpless situations and then show up with gifts such as food, cash, and phone recharge cards, presenting these mediocre gestures as evidence of their dedication to the people.
We also believe that Nigerian leaders are popularly known to provide temporary stuff to Nigerians, and are also likely to do so for self-glory rather than for national impact.
We wanted to know from our study what percentage of Nigerians are likely to hold their political leader’s accountable request for lasting and sustainable solutions in place of temporary stuff.
Our research questions were framed thus:
1. What percentage of Nigerians is likely to vote for/support a political leader, who distributes food or perishable items in order to win popular support in future elections?
2. What percentage of Nigerians is likely to vote against/ a political leader, who distributes food or perishable items in order to win popular support in future elections?
3. What percentage of Nigerians is likely to neither vote for/support nor vote against/oppose a political leader, who distributes food and perishable items in order to win popular support in future elections?
After compiling results of our study, we show that based on the post analyzed, twenty-six percent of Nigerians is likely to support a politician who offers food in exchange for votes; forty-five percent of Nigerians is likely not to support a politician who offers food in exchange for votes; and twenty-nine percent of Nigerians is likely to remain neutral under this circumstances.
The study offers very interesting insights. For instance, the study shows that there’s danger of getting the wrong people in power if the twenty-nine percent that is neutral are eventually swayed by deceitful politicians. Another interesting insight from the study is that even those forty-five percent voters who are knowledgeable about their rights are likely to be short-changed if political parties field poor performing or insincere candidates as in 2015.
African Democratic Dreams Project began as a community committed to promoting democratic ideals in Africa, one country at a time. By promoting social equality among all people, we can help elevate these countries to become fully-developed nations.
We relentlessly advocate on behalf of oppressed Africans and create programs to educate them on their rights. We promote awareness on existing laws that, if enforced, would clear the path for Africans to achieve their dreams. We partner with youths to embrace and participate in nation-building programs and conduct research on democratic avenues for change. The current standard of living in many parts of Africa involves coercion, blackmail, bribery, and physical and sexual violence.
The Dreams Project aims to upset that standard using diplomacy, education, and peace.
We hope you can join us this April in Dallas for our second annual conference on “Tax Education, Security and Wealth Creation for African”.