‘People With voices’ was part of a group exhibition by the Nlele Institute-‘I Be Person I No Be Number’ centered on ‘Democracy and Freedom of Speech’ by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, exhibited at John and June Allcott Gallery between 1st and 26th October, 2018. ( https://art.unc.edu/event/john-and-june-allcott-gallery-i-be-person-i-no-be-number/ )
Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in 1948, states that: Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
Freedom of speech constitutes one of the essential foundations of a democratic society, one of the basic conditions for its progress and development. For any country to achieve both human and economic prosperity, the inalienable right of individuals to Free Speech must be obeyed and respected.
Freedom of speech and adequate access to information are pillars of a healthy democratic society and means to advance liberty for social and economic growth, allowing for the free flow of ideas necessary for innovation and bolstering accountability and transparency.
According to Tzipi Livni (prominent Israeli politician and former Foreign Minister of Israel) "In a democracy, you need to have a strong judicial system. You need freedom of speech, you need art, and you need a free press"
Media personalities, both print and broadcast are playing vital roles in speaking out against bad governance and people's right in democracy. Some of them use their media influence to create media groups and organize peaceful rallies.
Due to irregularities discovered in the Nigeria general election of 2007, after over three years of judicial process, some states had a change of government to an opposition party thus changing their governorship election calendar. Ekiti State is one of such states hence; the gubernatorial election was on July 14, 2018(Three years after the Nigeria general elections)
This series feature portraits of some of the key players using their different platforms to see that our democracy is right.