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‘Democrazy’ in Africa: A Fight Between the Old & Young Democrats – A case of Uganda’s Bobi Wine & Nigeria’s Peter Obi

The unreliability practice of a peaceful election, a situation where the incumbent is very greedy and peaceful democratic process becomes a ‘democrazy’ (a word coined by late Nigerian musician Fela Kuti) where citizens are losing their lives because of very few politicians. However, the Generation X (1965-1979), Millennials (1980-1994), and Generation Z (1995-2012) which makes up about 80% of the population of Africa have become well-informed and schooled of the benefits of a peaceful democratic process (UN, 2022). Like the ‘Obidient’ movement in Nigeria, Bobi Wine was able to win young voters in Uganda because of his youthfulness, he spoke directly to their needs, and have a lived experience of the challenges of the generation. The elections of Uganda and Nigeria clearly shows that these generations have wakened up and ready to challenge the ‘Silent Generation’ for political power. This section explores how and what can be done for these generations to work hand-in-hand to a peaceful political transition. Will Generation Silent and the Baby Boomer Generations willingly give up power to the Millennials? Meaning, will Presidents Museveni of Uganda, Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Idriss Déby of Chad, and many others conduct a peaceful and credible election that would welcome in a new generation of African leaders. Should the Generation X, Millennials, and Generation Z continue with their aggrieve demand (political protest, unrest, strikes etc.) for power?
Submit abstracts to this panel to discuss and suggest strategies on political transition from African old leaders to the new generation.

Email Austin Uzama (Tatiana Intl. Research Co. Ltd. / University of British Columbia, Canada) austinuzama@gmail.com on or before March 30, 2023