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HomeAfricaNigeria's presidential election: A musical showdown without celebrity glitz

Balanced News: Nigeria’s presidential election: A musical showdown without celebrity glitz

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Afrobeats stars have emerged as key political players in Nigeria’s upcoming presidential election, with many of them using their music to support youth-driven movements and candidates. Despite this, many of the stars have remained silent about their political opinions or support for specific candidates, likely due to the risks of alienating their fans or running into conflict with powerful politicians. In a move that has surprised many, Afrobeats stars have mobilized young Nigerians to protest government corruption and participate in the country’s 2020 elections. Although the stars have remained largely inactive in support of specific candidates, their support for the youth-driven protests and their willingness to openly discuss politics has earned them some respect from the electorate.

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