"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


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Nigerians are voting on state officials and governors today, before next week's presidential elections. Things are somewhat less than ideal in the south. There's been some open violence, and in at least one town, there was no voting at all, according to reports. That's where the oil is.

Some polls opened late, so voting has been extended into the night. Children in Jos are playing soccer on the deserted highway.

Also, you can apparently buy a voter ID card for about $3 near at least one polling station. That reminds me of the time in Cameroon when I learned it was possible to buy a Cameroonian passport, even if you weren't Cameroonian. This wasn't some purchased-on-the-street, photo-torn-out passport. It was an actual, legal document. I didn't do it, but it would have been the coolest souvenir.

Nigeria really needs this to go well. Here's hoping.



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