Baba Aye

Letter from Nigeria

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Baba Aye reports on the millions who took to the streets in the largest and most intense strikes that Nigeria has ever seen

Eight days of a general strike and street protests in January awakened a new belief across Nigeria that ordinary people could bring about change in society.

The strike paralysed Nigeria for eight days. Across the country workers downed tools in the public and private sectors as well as in the informal economy.

It was not just the strike that was a resounding success. Millions of people took over the streets in at least 47 cities and towns.

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