If you have ever been in doubt, this is the time to put the debate about Nigerians’ sense of humour to rest because these annotated photos and memes are nothing but spectacular for the upcoming event: Nigeria election campaign/election. Nigerians find opportunities to bring their sense of humour to even the most serious situations and the general elections has presented yet another such avenue.
The 2015 Nigeria election may undoubtedly rank as one of the most bitterly fought polls in the history of Nigeria. It was also rated as the most expensive election ever to be held on the African continent.
All across the country, stories abound of families and age-long relationships that were torn apart by political party affiliations. The elections would also be remembered for bringing out the creativity and ingenuity (though sometimes overtly mischievous) in many Nigerians, who turned to the social media platforms to express their feelings.
These humour merchants are neither comedians or professional filmmakers but ordinary Nigerian youths empowered with nothing, but their smartphones and laptops. With these tools, they create pictures which are transferred as internet memes through the social media. The presidential election mostly witnessed these memes with lots of creations from the ludicrous, the mundane and the amusing, which could be easily taken to be the true account of the moment.
From Goodluck Jonathan and Gen Buhari to Patience Jonathan, Namadi Sambo, Tinubu, and Shekarau, below are the most interesting and hilarious meme photos of events surrounding the upcoming general elections.
Funny Photos of Nigeria Election Campaign
One of the most popular forms of humour on the Internet is memes. Given the identity construction motif that is associated with memes, agents of memes select targets outside the in-group and criticise the targets’ behaviour for ideological purposes – just like the meme above.
The meme mocks the rumour that President Mohammadu Buhari did not acquire tertiary education worthy to become the President of Nigeria.
The memes deployed in the presidential election online campaign discourse largely serve subversive purposes to detract greatly from the electoral value of the targets. In terms of the reinforcing function of humour, however, serious socio-political issues were raised to express the public’s worries and desires in a bottom-up communication flow.
Every aspect of the presidential election, starting from the party primaries to the campaign, the scoring of cheap points with the defamation of character, the tensions of results collation, the Orubebe gaffe and other happenstances did not escape the knowledge of these computer nerds. Like the picture of Goodluck Jonathan holding a campaign banner for Buhari, there’s no way GEJ will campaign for his opponent.
Can someone tell me how Atiku landed on the ‘WANTED’ list? This could possibly mean that the masses want him to lead… or they don’t.
It can be recalled that ex-president GEJ was heavily criticised for his failure to at least develop some part of his hometown, Otuoke. Now that his tenure is over, another humour merchant took to the computer to make a mockery of him crossing over to the people at the receiving end of the river, heavily loaded with luggage.
To capture the nature of the struggle for the presidency between the ruling APC and the opposition PDP, a picture of a marathon race showing GEJ and PMB is posted on the internet as part of humourous Nigeria Election Campaign.
Now that GEJ has completed his tenure and conceited to defeat in the Nigeria election, this humour merchant is playing in favour of the APC.
The picture above is the Nigeria Election Campaign in favour of the leading party APC. They capitalized on the fact that Nigeria was deep in the puddle of shameless corruption to gain an advantage over the opposition party, PDP. APC convinced Nigerians of their tendency to rid the country of the parasitic PDP.
This is part of the reason why they say Nigerians are creative and humorous. This meme depicts the end of the Presidential journey for GEJ and the former First Lady of Nigeria, Patient Jonathan. Both moving back the waterside village in a canoe.
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