The project is about the protracted power outage in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria. The Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) had kept the inhabitants of Benin in over 20 days of total power outage, until we began an online campaign with the hashtag #BeninBlackout to call on the Edo state government’s intervention.
The #BeninBlackout project was our major media campaign, since the establishment of the TOWN CRIER REPORTERS.
Through our street-to-street interviews during the campaign, we achieved giving the victims a media platform to publicly express their displeasure to the government. Besides, Mr. Goodwin Obaseki, Governor of Edo State, intervened, thus leading to the restoration of power in the city. Relevant links are provided above.
Our monetization plan has to do with the funds provided to our reporters who were always transporting from one place to another, interviewing the victims, to monitor the power outage. Also, adequate data subscription was made available to the TOWN CRIER’s online Team to ensure that all developed contents are adequately reported via Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms. Approximately, one hundred and seventy seven thousand naira (#177,000) was budgeted.
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