Jan 5 - Unlikely Bedfellows (02:00)
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 10:02AM
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The Joint Action Front, a loose coalition of civil and trade union groups meet at Labour House to plan a response to the fuel price hike. Alongside the left wing union stalwarts are a new breed of young entrepreneurial social media activists. The protests began spontaneously but the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the largest and most powerful union begins to assume a leadership role. Some voice misgivings about this, citing previous accusations of corruption involving past NLC leaders but these are largely put aside.

Funmi meets Gbenga Sesan, a young IT entrepreneur and Dipo Fashina, a philosophy professor and union organiser.

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