Election season is upon us in Nigeria and the scampaign is real. over 70% of the Nigerian population falls between the ages of 18-35. Understanding the struggles of the youth and their thoughts on politics in Nigeria is most important than ever before.

Name:
Jess Chibueze or “Jess Finesse”

Occupation:
Digital Marketing Strategist, Mino Music and occasional model

Age:
25

How do you find living in Nigeria:
Love it. Moving back has been one of the greatest life choicesI’ve made. 
What are you hoping the next president will accomplish to enable Nigeria flourish:
I hope whoever they vote for will finally give a damn about the country and its citizens. A president who still has empathy towards humanity because to me, that’s what the our political leadership lacks: they don’t care about human life. Or maybe they don’t know how to rule over millions of people, so it may not be empathy they’re missing, but lack of ability to carry make decisions that will better the people they govern. I don’t know.

Are you voting in 2019:
No. BUT, I admire the people who have carried the burden to educate people like myself on the importance of voting.
 Unfortunately, I fall under the demographic of people who believe that no matter who you vote for, the country will remain in shambles. I used to believe that international intervention to help Nigeria was the answer, but after using majority of my junior and senior year in university to protest and lobby for more transparency in Nigerian government, from engaging in the global #BringBackOurGirls movement in 2014, and partaking in human rights investigative research in Nigeria, I don’t think international intervention is the answer either.  I don’t believe that I’m informed enough to vote for the next Nigerian President either, despite the research I’ve done on some of the aspiring candidates. I won’t lie, the research hasn’t been extensive because of my bias towards government, and every time a new story pops up to discredit a candidate, trying to find a good one out of all the mess becomes overwhelming…
As of right now, I don’t have my PVC and honestly didn’t feel convicted enough to get one because of my overall lack of faith in Nigerian politics. So I couldn’t even vote, even if I wanted to. 

Photography: Isabella Agbaje