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What Nigeria and the Super Bowl have in common

February 4th, 2013
08:41 PM ET

By Luck Gold & Samuel Burke, CNN

While American waited 35 minutes for the Super Bowl’s lights to come on, Nigerians just chuckled.

They know all too well the problem of power outages: Nigeria has been plagued by rolling blackouts that last hours, sometimes even days.

So as the television audience worldwide waited for the power to come back on, Nigerians took to social media with wit.

"Power outage at the Super Bowl on Sunday. Suddenly, Nigeria doesn't look as dark anymore,” tweeted one Nigerian.

"If they had the Super Bowl in Nigeria, the power coming back on would be the real surprise," another tweeted.

Nigeria’s president, Goodluck Jonathan, recently told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that his country’s electrical woes have been improving.

“That is one area that Nigerians are quite pleased with the government, that commitment to improve power. It's working,” President Jonathan told the president.

Many Nigerian viewers tweeted messages to Christiane Amanpour to express their continued frustrations about having to rely on back-up generators for power.

In the video above, you can watch an “Open Mic” series CNN conducted after Amanpour’s interview with President Jonathan. We left a microphone in a public place and recorded Nigerians expressing their frustrations with their notoriously unreliable power supply.

READ MORE: Nigeria battles to stop spread of al Qaeda chaos in Africa

Filed under:  Imagine a World • Latest Episode • Nigeria

Egyptian PM: 'Everyone new at this democracy thing'

February 4th, 2013
06:06 PM ET

By Samuel Burke, CNN

Massive and violent protests often make today’s Egypt looks little different than it did during the demonstrations that brought down Hosni Mubarak’s regime.

“We are paying the price of Mubarak’s era,” Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Kandil told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday. “Our democracy is going through a test: How the majority can accommodate the needs and concerns of the minority, and how the minority can listen to the majority and respect the majority’s opinion.”

The head of the Egyptian armed forces, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, sparked fears last week when he said the current political crisis could lead to the collapse of the state.

In spite of al-Sisi’s comments and the mayhem in many Egyptian cities, Kandil rejected the notion that the government is unstable or that the army would assert itself back into daily affairs.

“The Egyptian army has played a pivotal war in protecting the Egyptian revolution,” Kandil insisted, pointing to the fact the military respected the handover of power from the Mubarak regime to democratically-elected Mohamed Morsy.

Egyptian youth make up a significant portion of the protestors now on the streets. Kandil admitted that it is a major problem that Egypt’s young people have not found their place in society, and do not feel represented in the current state of affairs. He said the government must work on building bridges to the unaffiliated youth through “constructive acts,” but did not offer specifics.

Kandil said what the government needs most now is time – to create new institutions and strengthen the trust between the people and state.

“Everyone is new in this democracy thing,” he said.

READ MORE: Christiane Amanpour's interview with Mohamed Morsy

Filed under:  Egypt • Latest Episode