LOUD WHISPERS: As Political Rookies Get Ready

Last week, I attended a book reading in Abuja, an event that was organized to present Ayisha Osori’s book ‘Love does not win elections’. I am not writing a review of Ayisha’s thought provoking account of her experiences. I however urge everyone reading this to try and get a copy of this really good book which is available in several leading bookstores around the country and will also be online soon.

In the run up to the 2015 national elections, Ayisha attempted to win a seat to represent one of the constituencies in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja. It was Ayisha’s first venture into mainstream politics. She was an ideal candidate – a Harvard trained Lawyer, with corporate executive experience, a human rights background and strong civil society affiliations. She would have been an excellent choice to represent the FCT in the National Assembly. Considering the woeful numbers of women we have in the National Assembly in Nigeria, having someone like Ayisha would have at least given a sense that what women lack in numbers, they make up for with a qualitative presence. Sadly but not surprisingly, Ayisha did not win her party primaries.  Most of the experiences that Ayisha shares in her book are very familiar – wading through the maze of party machineries and big people (mostly men), the humongous financial requirements, endless and sometimes pointless meetings. Perhaps one of the most disturbing things that becomes apparent to Ayisha, is that the decision to choose the winner rests in the hands of certain people who are courted, cultivated, and wooed non-stop. These people are known as the almighty Delegates. How and why many of these delegates are chosen is often shrouded in mystery.  What is common knowledge though is that delegates  decide who wins and who loses. Whoever ‘controls’ the delegates wins the day. How does a relatively young, inexperienced political ‘outsider’ get access to this all important group?

Full article in Loud Whispers cover final

 

Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi is a Gender Specialist, Social Entrepreneur and Writer. She is the Founder of Abovewhispers.com, an online community for women. She can be reached at BAF@abovewhispers.com

 

 

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17 Responses to LOUD WHISPERS: As Political Rookies Get Ready

  1. Dom Dom August 28, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    As someone who has never really considered a future in politics generally, i must confess this is an eye opener. These lessons are as insightful as ever, and i hope the book gets to be online soon. its always easier to procure books that way.

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  2. Femi Diipo August 28, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    It is always interesting to read realistic articles about Nigerian politics, where one can easily compare the supposed political ideals with the messy realities of politicking in this country. A corrupt political system can hardly birth a government free from it and the evidence of this is ever apparent. However, as reflected in this article, those with good intentions and are prepared for service can still find their way around it. Perhaps with time, such will make this nation great again someday

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  3. Femi Diipo August 28, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    It is always interesting to read realistic articles about Nigerian politics, where one can easily compare the supposed political ideals with the messy realities of politicking in this country. A corrupt political system can hardly birth a government free from it and the evidence of this is ever apparent. However, as reflected in this article, those with good intentions and are prepared for service can still find their way around it. Perhaps with time, such will make this nation great again someday

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  4. Victoria E August 28, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    Very true. Very practical. Very deep from the wealth of knowledge.

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  5. omilola Adeleke. August 28, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    I love this. This is real! We must allow aspiring politicians know what they should know and not just jump at the not too young to rule thingie.

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  6. Victor Udoh August 28, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    The lord will prosper your wealth of knowledge in Jesus name

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  7. Vivian. August 28, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    They must learn and unlearn. This is key in every society. I love you so much ma. You are so blunt and very sincere. God bless you.

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  8. Zainab Andrews August 28, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    This is something deep that every politician must work with. Let’s allow women come into politics on a smooth platform. It is needed. We must allow our women assist themselves.

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  9. Fola Richie-Adewusi August 29, 2017 at 8:41 am

    Excellent piece as always!!

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  10. Olakunle Olajide August 29, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Wow! It was just on Sunday, we were having a family talk on politics as a young aspirer was in our midst. I am so glad to read this because it just validated almost everything i said. Like the piece here, get all the information, the intels, the cabals, a thick skin and much more. But i sincerely don’t think anything will change in Nigeria politics except there is a revolt or a genocide(pardon if this seems harsh). What our politicians control is deeply rooted into the Nigeria system making it very difficult to break that very long chain. We just don’t know it, but most masses are actually surviving and not living and are ready to compromise at any instance. I sure hope this knowledge shared will help all aspirers gain grounds.
    Thank you for sharing ma’am.

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  11. DSEED August 29, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    These outlines are mind blowing. I always know that there are more to politics than to make yourself a political thug. I also think most politicians lack this foundation, they run their political life on lost or on chance. It is good to know the basic of everything before giving yourself a go ahead. Thank you ma for this piece.

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  12. Funmi Cole August 30, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Excellent! Really excellent. I look forward to the meeting in November.

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  13. Florence Jimoh August 30, 2017 at 8:05 am

    Very apt! Clarifying intentions matters a lot. Most of them just want the power. They are not willing to serve.

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  14. Princess August 31, 2017 at 9:29 am

    This is reality because most people just go into politics for selfish reasons and gullible ones would vote them in based on sentiments.

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  15. Akpes August 31, 2017 at 9:39 am

    If you don’t
    have anything to offer please don’t go into politics, because many folk get involved in politics due on their selfish motives. And this is very common in Nigeria, may God help our understanding. Amen!

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  16. Mofe Lukman August 31, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    If you don’t know the tenets of politics in Nigeria, failure awaits. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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  17. Oluwatosino August 31, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    Thanks ma for sharing this insightful points with us… We keep saying we are the leaders of tomorrow but we don’t even have understanding of what we need to get to the leading position. This is like foundation of it.

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