Nigeria Integrity Idol: Reality TV show celebrates most honest public officials
After receiving the prize at the ceremony, Eziechi said: “We all have to be integrity idols and do the right things, even when no-one is watching.”
Eziechi was chosen for her honest and responsible approach to work, ensuring standards even in challenges circumstances. Eziechi says she refuses to take bribes from anyone.
Four other candidates were featured in the final: Igbolo Magdalene, Ogumelen Justina, Yemi Kale and Tubokenimi David.
Blair Glencorse, who is the founder of Accountability Lab — the NGO behind the event, told CNN in an email: “It was fantastic. Huge amounts of positive energy and a real women’s power feel with four of the candidates female.”
Integrity Idol started in Nepal in 2014. The competition is now conducted by volunteers in Liberia, Pakistan, Mali and South Africa.
The event is based on “faming, not shaming.” Instead of focusing directly on corruption, they highlight integrity.
Each country narrows down five candidates who are filmed and interviewed for national television and radio.
Throughout the week citizens vote online and via SMS.
Tackling corruption in Nigeria
The competition has particular resonance in Nigeria.
An estimated $4.6 billion is paid each year in bribes — that’s more than the federal and state education budgets combined.
Put simply, there’s a long way to go and maybe a bit more integrity could help.