Less than a month after the launch of Chude Jideonwo and Adebola Williams’, ‘How to Win Elections in Africa: Parallels with Donald Trump’ at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut on 8 November, 2017, the book has begun a successful worldwide tour, receiving critical acclaim in the four countries where it’s been launched – the United States of America, England, Canada, and Nigeria.
‘How to Win Elections in Africa: Parallels with Donald’, written from the years of experience garnered by its authors working on three presidential campaigns in both Nigeria and Ghana, explores how citizens, through elections, can uproot constrictive power structures.
The book was first launched at Yale University in partnership with the Yale Council on African Studies, at an event during which Bishop Mathew Kukah of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto delivered a culturally resonant keynote speech. This was followed a day after by a reading hosted by the Africa at Ohio platform of Ohio University, Athens in the United States and held a third leg Vancouver, Canada where Chude Jideonwo made a paper presentation at the second International Conference on Communications and Media Studies.
‘How to Win Elections in Africa: Parallels with Donald’ has since been launched at the two most important book festivals in Nigeria – the Lagos Book and Arts Festival in Lagos and the Ake Arts and Book Festival which holds annually in Abeokuta.
In keeping with the theme of this year’s festival, the launch at Ake was followed by a discussion on the importance of having more female participation in politics. Yemi Adamolekun, Executive Director of Enough Is Enough, Mrs Omolewa Ahmed, founder of LEAH Foundation and wife of the Kwara State Governor and Mrs Bisi Adeleye Fayemi, founder of the African Women’s Development Fund and wife of the former governor of Ekiti lent their voices to the conversation using examples from their various experiences as women in Nigerian politics alongside Adebola Williams who drew parallels with the lessons from the book on the new political marketplace which all players must now take account of.
Apart from these events, ‘How to Win Elections in Africa: Parallels with Donald’ has also been a remarkable resource in the past month on the goings-on in African countries, especially Liberia, Rwanda and most recently, Zimbabwe.
Co-author, Chude Jideonwo has appeared on the BBC’s Newsday and Aljazeera’s Inside Story to share lessons from the book while commenting on Robert Mugabe’s resignation as the Zimbabwean President.
‘How to Win Elections in Africa: Parallels with Donald’ is now set to make stops in Atlanta, Washington D.C, Kansas and New York in the United States of America in the coming weeks. This tour of the United States and the United Kingdom, once concluded at the end of the year, will mark the start of the Nigerian leg of the book tour as early as January, 2018.
How to Win Elections in Africa: Parallels with Donald Trump
‘How to Win Elections in Africa: Parallels with Donald Trump’ explores how citizens, through elections, can uproot the power structures governing them. Using examples from within and outside Africa, this book examines the past and present to map a future where the political playing field is level and citizens can rewrite existing narratives.
About StateCraft Inc.
StateCraft Inc. (www.statecraftinc.com) is a nation building company with deep expertise in elections, policy, governance, citizen engagement, and citizen action – with work spanning West, East and Southern Africa.
In 2017, it was awarded a Certificate of Excellence by the SABRE Awards for PR Campaigns for its work in designing and executing best-in-class PR and communication strategy in presidential elections.
About Chude Jideonwo
Jideonwo is the Editor-in-Chief of Y!/YNaija.com. He is also co-founder and managing partner of parent group RED, which governance communication firm StateCraft Inc, ran the successful anti-establishment campaigns for the current Presidents of Nigeria and Ghana. His work focuses on social movements shaking up and transforming nations through governance and faith, with the media as a tool. He teaches media and communication at the Pan-Atlantic University. In 2017, he was selected as a World Fellow at Yale University. This is his second book. His first, “Are we the Turning Point Generation” remains a national bestseller.
About Adebola Williams
Adebola Williams is Founding Partner of RED, a media and communications juggernaut based in Lagos, Nigeria. He has over the past decade, committed his life to championing media solutions with the aim of inspiring Nigeria’s and Africa’s youths. Adebola Williams was also the main strategist behind the communication of President Muhammadu Buhari during his presidential campaign in 2015. He deployed digital and traditional strategies that were used in galvanising a nation to achieve a previously thought impossible feat in Nigeria: voting out an incumbent government.
Farafina is an imprint of Kachifo Limited, an independent publishing house founded in 2004 and based in Lagos, Nigeria. Kachifo Limited is a child of optimism, born at a time when globalisation was beginning to take root in the world. There was a need for a platform from which African stories could be told without any self-consciousness or external guidance. With over 120 titles published from authors like Tendai Huchu, Yejide Kilanko, Ben Okri, Nnedi Okorafor, Olusegun Obasanjo, Yewande Omotoso, Chude Jideonwo and Ngugi wa Thiong’O; Kachifo is on to something and it looks forward to publishing even more.