I live in Lagos. My landlady can't read. She runs a stall down the street, selling oil and some foodstuff. She prays a lot. I like greeting her, she prays well for me.
Today when I told her I was going to buy a newspaper, she asked me to tell her what was in it. "What is new in the country?" she asked, but it didn't take her two minutes to lose interest. The woman didn't know what ACN was. She seemed to have heard of something called PDP before. I tried to explain broom, umbrella, ... she decided to buy some akara.
But madam - I think inwardly - you really can't be that poor, I pay you rent, as do many others.
But it's not really money that separates the classes in contemporary
culture, is it? It's something like access, or information.
In this scenario, we can work to deepen democracy yes. In fact, everyone should see the need to play an active role, not wait for me to do it for you.
But we can't take away the reality that in the short term, definitely in the coming election season, gimmicks will move votes more than any policy.