#Nigeriadecides: Photos from the April 16 Presidential vote

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

KANO, Nigeria–A day after Nigerians turned out for the third Saturday this month to vote in polls that many middle-aged and older voters told me were the best they had ever witnessed in their lifetimes, the country’s 73+ million voters are appearing to have split themselves along familiar lines: the mainly Muslim north largely voted for opposition favorite and former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari, while the mostly Christian south backed the “accidental incumbent” Goodluck Jonthan.

Having hopped a shared taxi this morning up north to Kano, the old Sahel trading town turned Nigeria’s second largest megacity, I’m now at work on a post from yesterday on what I saw in Kaduna–another northern city where hundreds of young men chanting “we need change!” celebrated in the streets after their candidate, Buhari, was declared the winner at a key polling station in the city (more to come shortly on that story).

Until then, I’m posting a few photos I took from Saturday’s presidential vote from Kaduna, Nigeria. Stay tuned for more photos from yesterday along with my longer post on the view from the ground.

* “#Nigeriadecides” is a popular Twitter hashtag that’s handy to check out if you’re following this year’s critical Naija polls.

About these ads

About maggiefick

Maggie Fick is an American freelance journalist in Juba, Southern Sudan, reporting for the Associated Press and others. Her views alone are expressed here.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to #Nigeriadecides: Photos from the April 16 Presidential vote

  1. Pingback: Νιγηρία: Φωτογραφίες από τις προεδρικές εκλογές · Global Voices στα Ελληνικά

  2. Pingback: Nigeria: Foto’s van de presidentsverkiezingen · Global Voices in het Nederlands

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s