Monthly Archives: February 2015

My look after suffering with Malaria for the past two weeks. I don’t know which is worst about living on the African Continent; falling ill with Malaria or traveling on this continent by air. Obviously, you can sense another complaint directed at one of the African airlines because we all know that falling ill with Malaria is worst…I can now officially attest to that fact. Last week, I was informed by the… Read More

Well…a year ago, I was planning to make my return to the Gulf Coast to celebrate Mardi Gras. I had it all planned out but along the way, my return to East Africa never happened and instead I was sent to Nigeria to work on programs in the lead up to the General Elections. Sadly for me, the General Elections were scheduled on February 14, the Saturday before Fat Tuesday. So, I… Read More

I had been looking forward to February 14 since my arrival in Nigeria.  On February 14, 2015, Nigerians were supposed to go to the polls to select a new president and members of the Senate and House of Representatives. When my organization told me they were sending me to Nigeria to manage programs leading up to the election, February 14 seemed so far away. However, this very important date is right around… Read More

My recent blog for IRI. In the lead up to the Nigeria election on February 14, 2015, IRI is running a Nigeria Election Series on their blog, Democracy Speaks. You can check it out at http://www.democracyspeaks.org/.    Nigeria Election Series: Building the Bridge between Elected Officials and Constituents By Sentell F. Barnes, resident program officer, Nigeria Follow me on Twitter @sentellbarnes Prior to joining the International Republican Institute (IRI) and shipping out to… Read More