Culture, history, education, and personal experiences influence how people think and act regarding politics, and it’s not uncommon to see different reactions towards the subject; disinterest, indifference, ignorance, or overzealousness. There is also the unicorn group of people who make political decisions based on an educated, balanced and healthy understanding of politics.
However, with each year that passes and a rise in inflation, injustice and other social issues that affect citizens, we find that even the most ignorant person is becoming more interested in politics and how it affects their livelihood.
In 2021, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) reported that the previous two election cycles in Nigeria recorded voters turnout to be between 30-35%. However, INEC registered 96.3 million people ahead of the 2023 election, a 13.6% increase from 84 million registered voters in 2019, and so, the percentage of voters turnout in 2023 promises to increase beyond the existing record.
It’s election weekend in Nigeria, and the Creative Gist crew asked Nigerian creatives a crucial question: do you think politics affects the expression of creativity? We also have a special guest, ChatGPT, who gained over 100 million fans in less than two months of going live, to answer this same question. Curious? Read all responses below.
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Peter Kehinde Faluro
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Does Politics Affect You?
In addition to these insightful responses, we surveyed and collated opinions within our creative community to measure creatives’ interests in the forthcoming elections. About 89.9% believe that Peter Obi, one of the three leading presidential candidates, will improve the creative industry as the president, while 85.2% said they’ll vote for the same candidate, Peter Obi.
The stakes have never been higher for Nigeria and its political sphere. Many things, including the creative industry, rely on the outcome of the 2023 elections. Our creatives and ChatGPT have spoken, but what do you think?
Does politics affect the expression of creativity? Share your opinion below.
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