Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Friday, December 06, 2013

Noisy power

A friend of mine who worked for the Nigerian Ministry of Education more than 20 years ago, tried to describe the deafening roar of little generators that came to life whenever there was a power outage. He always claimed his words couldn't really convey the experience. And power outages were daily events.

The irregular availability of electricity is still a major problem. President Jonathan seems to have begun a re-election campaign by promising to dramatically improve the power grid.

Given the history of the problem and the corruption within the system, I'd keep a generator handy, like the people interviewed by the BBC reporter in Lagos in this 2-minute video.

How noisy generators became a way of life
In Nigeria, 60 million people own generators to provide electricity for their homes and businesses.

The country has experienced major power shortages for decades and made daily power blackouts the norm…

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