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Friday 24 October  
Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Speak UP: Making the best of power cuts in Nigeria

Published on : 1 April 2014 - 6:00am | By RNW Africa Desk (Photo: Firsha/Deviantart)
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Power outages are widespread in Africa, and Port Harcourt, Nigeria, is no exception. Electricity cuts definitely makes life less convenient. But, in classic Naija entrepreneurialism, where there’s a gap, there’s also an opportunity.

In this week’s edition of Speak UP! a student and a music producer in Nigeria talk about dealing with power cuts, and we hear from an entrepreneur who has managed to carve out a living selling generators or, as they’re called in Port Harcourt slang, ‘i-pass-my-neighbours’.


Producer: Yima Nalley

Hosts: Yima Nalley and K.O. 

Speak UP! is an audio show in which young Africans discuss thorny social issues without pulling any punches. It is created by a selection of young hosts and producers in Zimbabwe, South Sudan, Rwanda, Nigeria and Kenya, working in partnership with local media organizations and RNW. Each edition of Speak UP! provides YOU with a chance to express yourself – because everybody wants to be heard.

If there’s a topic you’d like to speak up about, get in touch with us via Facebook or Twitter!


Anonymous 9 April 2014 - 1:30am / Nigeria

Giant of Afria, still we cannot boast of a steady power supply at all the parts of the socalled GIANT. Please who gave such a name ? Is it by size or what ? , cos' I do not get it at all. Come to think of it, the leaders might not know, yes' maybe because this light is always around them in the conference rooms and big houses and all the rest. Like, they do not feel it well , coming to say some people living in. The same country have not seen electricity light for the past two to three months. It is very funny upon all our money, as one of oil producing countries. I can't see myself.

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