The “Everyone-Else” Syndrome and Mass Complicity—My Corruption Story

All over our dear country are pointers of corruption: if it’s not the dilapidated roads which billions of naira have gone into their constructions, it is the budget with staggering figures for frivolous expenditures or it is the police, spread across Nigerian roads seeking bribes from motorists whom they end up extorting. Acts of corruption…

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My Corruption Story: A Little Tip Off, No One will Know

Though situated in the very heart of the city of Port Harcourt, my sister’s new residence, a three-storey building with 12 tenants, was one of the few unfinished buildings in the area. Part of what was yet to be done, was a proper electrical connection. It was said that immediately after the rooms of the…

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My Corruption Story: I was asked for Sex Before a Movie Role

I once came across a movie audition posted online by a popular movie director. As a young upcoming actress, I read it and was moved by the words which read “Come and showcase your talent.” I was so happy. The next day I prepared and went for the audition. I sat patiently, waited for my…

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My Corruption Story: How to get a Nigerian Passport

The corruption in the Nigerian Immigration Service is one that has been overlooked over the years. Given that corruption is now “normal” in our society, the ones perpetuated by officials of the Immigration Service is mind-bugling and wicked. I work in an oil servicing firm in Port Harcourt and I travel a lot. One of…

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My Corruption Story: The Making of ‘Free and Fair’ Elections

In Nigeria, elections are a do or die affair. Politicians hardly hide their desperation to win, neither do they disguise the fact that they are willing to unleash all the ‘weapons’ and strategies at their disposal to do so. They strategize endlessly in their desperation, while we, the voters continue dancing as pawns to their…

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We the People and Policy Alert, Institute Prize for Open Government Journalism in the Niger Delta

Two non-governmental organizations, We the People and Policy Alert, have instituted a special prize for investigative journalists reporting open government issues in the Niger Delta. The prize is an initiative of the Niger-Delta Open Government Observatory (NOGO), convened by both organizations. The prize was announced today in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, during a…

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Mobilizing Young Nigerians to Fight Corruption, We the People Launches Youth Anti-Corruption Movement in Rivers State

Nigeria fares miserably on all major corruption indicators, the latest of which is Transparency International’s 2017 Corruption Perception Index rankings of 180 countries. Not only did Nigeria perform badly, it declined a few points despite the current anti-corruption mood in the country. Since Nigeria returned to civil in 1999, the country has witnessed the rolling…

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Niger-Delta Open Government Observatory Takes Off

As a measure to ensure that states in the Niger Delta become more compliant with the principles of the Open Government Partnership, We the People and Policy Alert have jointly launched the Niger Delta Open Government Observatory, NOGO. It is designed as an open government knowledge, innovation and advocacy hub for the Niger Delta region,…

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