Podcast: Nigeria’s Great Divide – The February 2019 Elections



These audio and slides are from the basis of ‘Nigeria’s Great Divide: The February 2019 Elections’ a 1 hour long briefing by Patrick Smith and Christopher Dielmann on 06 December 2018.

Some of the areas the presentation addressed, were:

  • The importance of these elections and the timeline of events.
  • The key policy differences between the two leading candidates and their parties.
  • The election issues and likely scenarios during the campaign.
  • The prospects for the current and post-election investment climate.
  • Key opportunities for Nigeria’s oil and gas sector and other industries.
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The following text sets the context in which the briefing was given. 

For the first time in decades, the leading candidates for the presidency in the February 2019 national elections offer competing views of how Nigeria and its economy should be run.

The election will be about policy, money and jobs. Africa’s biggest economy and most populous country has to take some tough decisions about how best to: develop its world class oil, gas and mineral resources; adapt to new technology; and create jobs.


Patrick Smith — editor of Africa Confidential and Menas Associates’ Nigeria Focus — lives in Paris and spends about half the year reporting from Africa. He was previously based in West Africa as a correspondent for Associated Press and the BBC for a decade.

Christopher Dielmann – Senior Economist, Exotix Capital


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