U Cant Swag My Vote Youth Concerts is a citizens and non partisan youth led initiative by Youngstars Foundation and funded by the International Republican Institute with support from USAID. The project is primarily a get the vote out campaign for a credible 2011 general elections in Nigeria, using Nigeria’s top music stars as the point of engagement with the Nigerian youth. The concert featured Tuface Idibia, M.I, Banky W, Waje, J Martins, 2shots and Julius Agwu who are music stars who did not endorse any candidate or political party.
Our objective is to use music in mobilizing and building the confidence of youths and first time voters in the 2011 general elections so as to increase young people’s participation in the voting exercise, and to use the concert to share useful information and circulation of voters’ education materials as well as sensitize youth on the use of technology/social media to monitor and report election experiences, as well as campaign against election violence, thuggery and malpractices being perpetuated by youths during elections.
U Cant Swag My Vote Youth Concerts held in 3 major cities with one message, which is get out and vote and vote well! The 3 cities are Lagos, 27th March 2011; Benue, 29th March 2011 and Portharcourt, 31st March 2011. Each concert was free of charge, starting at about 4pm until 8pm. Even though entrance was free, participants had to sign an I Pledge to Vote card.
After organizing the 3 concerts, we sent out mass text messages on each of the election day to those who attended the concerts to remind them of their pledge and to ask them to report their experiences during the election through 2 phone lines using text messages and multimedia messages which we posted on our website on each of the election days.