How Fo Do? was a ten-week television drama that sought to contribute to and promote meaningful participation in the 2015 election process in Nigeria. The objective of the drama was to educate eligible voters on their voting rights, the voting process, and the need to participate in the election process, as well as to encourage peaceful co-existence and promote the culture of tolerance among the electorates. In particular, the series sought to raise awareness of the strategies, deceptions, and misinformation used during electoral campaigning to mislead potential voters, in order to enable vulnerable voters to make more informed choices. The series was supported by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) and produced by Dasamal Television Network.

Communication Strategies: 

According to OSIWA, "In Nigerian society, there is a great divide between the so called 'haves' and 'have nots' and the way the vulnerable are exploited during electoral campaigns by those seeking political office. 'How Fo Do?' was a drama series designed to address the various issues that arise before, during, and after the elections in the different Nigerian states and highlights the response of the public whether it be positive, negative, or indifferent."

The storyline of the drama was based on real-life and recurring scenarios in the socio-political environment of Nigeria. The drama highlighted the various strategies, deceptions, and misinformation used during electoral campaigning to mislead potential voters, especially at the grassroots level. According to OSIWA, "generally, when these things are pointed out to people who have been exploited by those seeking political office and persons close to them (usually stemming from poverty, threats, blackmail and lack of formal education) their response is expressed through the vernacular "How Fo Do?" meaning 'what choice do I have?' or 'what else could I have done in my situation?'"

The drama sought to address this by raising awareness of these situations before they happen and by highlighting different ways to react to these situations. So, as each dramatised story unfolded against a backdrop of electoral corruption or misinformation, it showed observable best practice and conduct through the key characters in the drama.

The drama was broadcast on DTN, Channel 118, on Startimes, and other networks in Nigeria.

Development Issues: 

Democracy and Governance, Elections

Partner Text: 

Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) and Dasamal Television Network.

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