Vote. But look good while doing so.
The Nigerian elections are around the corner. That is, in less than 2 weeks. On the 16th of February 2019, millions of Nigerian would be queued up in their various wards to exercise their rights and vote to decide the future of the Nation under the leadership of whomever wins and is declared The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
This would be my first time to vote and well, I have missed feelings about it. I thought that the first time I would vote would be magical, that for once I would be a part of a decision-making process, and that I would matter. My vote would matter. That I would vote in someone evolutionary, as passionate as the dream leadership Odenigbo discussed in Chimamanda’s Half of a Yellow Sun. But well, here we are.
Not withstanding, that decision still has to be made. My vote counts and matters. So does yours. So, together on the 16th of February, 2019 we would go to our polling units, queue up, get accredited, wait your turn and when it’s time for you to put your thumbprint on the party of your choice candidate, do so with your conscience intact, not out of coercion or intimidation but because you have faith in their laid-out plans. After you have heard them address the people, in person or virtually with passion, vigour and have shown capacity in their various fields. Vote!
Here are a few things I put down as an election day kit, and as a first-timer I want to be very prepared.
Without this, the entire purpose is defeated. Your PVC is your gateway to voting. Ensure that this is the first thing you pack, and be present.
Water & Snacks.
In this climate and with what I’ve heard about the elections, there is bound to be a lot of standing and waiting, most of which would be under the sun. Stay hydrated. Get a bottle or two of water. While doing so, grab a biscuit or pastry to snack on while waiting. Hunger would set in, and eating heavy food might get you uncomfortable or make you feel too heavy. Throw in a gum for fresh breath.
Could be your smartphone or lower version smartphones, a mode of communication between yourself and your folks and to stay updated with what’s happening around. Pictures and Video recordings too would come in handy for information disperse. Get tweeting and post with hashtags. Secure your devices carefully, to avoid it getting snatched by thieves or pick pockets. It’s a public place, anything can happen.
Your phone’s way to stay hydrated and get you connected back to the world when your device battery runs low. Always ensure your phone is on, even if it means staying without it for some time. Lack of communication causes panic.
Shades & Face Cap.
Stay protected from the sun, and as far away from it as possible. Guard your eyes with shades and face cap because it’s going to be needed. Especially for the Social Media famous peeps so your followers don’t recognize you 😂
Preferably lace ups or sneakers. So whenever the gbedu starts, you can flee in any direction. Some times, it really gets messy so you would like to stay as comfortable and flexible as possible. No boots, fancy shoes or even wedges.
Tee & Pants
Stay covered in comfortable pants, because there may be mosquitoes around and you wouldn’t want to be a victim. Comfortable statement or Inscription tees like these above would be nice to be the voice wherever you go. A jacket or hoodie in case the clouds get dewy.
Very necessary for the ‘I can’t hear you moments‘, to avoid conversations and stay entertained while waiting. Usually at public places, there would always be people with loud opinions. Don’t get entangled.
*Don’t turn up the music too loud, so you can hear announcements. Do not forgot where you are!
Enough to transport you to and fro, buy some refreshments and stay flexible. Leave your BANK CARDS at home. I repeat, DO NOT BRING YOUR BANK CARDS.
Avoid being sweaty.
For further identification if the need arises.
Others: Umbrella, Pillow, Mattress. Because we might as well sleep there till we get it right in this is country.
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