by Kolapo Olapoju
YNaija2015.com, Nigeria’s leading political blog has announced a novel approach to covering elections in Nigeria – with The YNaija2015 Election War Room. The war-room kicks off with the Osun governorship elections today, 9 August 2014. It is presented in partnership with the Co-Creation Hub and EnoughisEnough Nigeria.
“The mandate of the YNaija2015 vertical is simple,” says its editor-in-chief Chude Jideonwo. “We interprete politics for young people across the spectrum – reflecting the issues and ideas that matter and stand out from now to 2015. Elections are our focus, because they are center of the political universe, and this war-room is set to be the nerve center of informed, factual, definitive political discourse across elections in Nigeria.”
The war-room will feature the brightest minds across the media and political spectrum analyzing the news, reports, perspectives, and breaking coverage from the elections through a live stream at YNaija2015.com/Warroom. It kicks off at 12pm.
“We have our Managing Editor, Cheta Nwanze leading the boots-on-the-ground coverage in Osun with a team of three,” says the editor of YNaija2015.com Chioma Agwuegbo. “From the War Room, we will connect with them through our network of analysts including West Africa Editor for The Africa Report, Tolu Ogunlesi; Contributing Editor, Joachim MacEbong, Opinion Editor of YNaija, Ayokunle Odekunle; blogger and consultant Akintunde Oyebode and Executive Director of Enough-is-Enough Nigeria, ‘Yemi Adamolekun.”
The War Room is part of the innovative coverage the internet newspaper for young Nigerians, YNaija.com has introduced for 360 degrees coverage of elections – which include a poll of student voters, tracking online trends in the election location, and an exclusive photo-series telling the story of each election.
“Clearly, the place to be on Election Day is YNaija2015.com,” Jideonwo said.
Follow the daily coverage on YNaija2015.com, on Twitter @YNaija2015, on Facebook @YNaija and on Instagram @YNaijaOnline. The official hashtag is #YNaijaWarroom.