Love does not win elections

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love does not win elections

Love Does Not Win Elections by Ayisha Osori

Like a favourite meal, I tried to take my time and savour every morsel. But that proved pretty hard as I eventually devoured it and it was over all too soon. There was simply no chance of putting it down - too captivating. It is so sad to see that manipulation, hypocrisy, nepotism, corruption still run amok like siblings within politics in Nigeria. Despite it all, Ms. Osori manages to inject some wry albeit wit into the entire book.

A few takeaway gems from the book:
I was tired but not traumatized. I had wanted the experience of contesting elections - a different kind of education - and I got it.

In politics people get paid on earth, not in heaven. Even when you live by this creed, there are no guarantees.

Do not assess your chances based on how much people claim your opponents are disliked or reviled: love is not a currency on the ballot box.
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Published 11.05.2019

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Love Does Not Win Elections

Olufunke Baruwa succeeded her. In she as an Eisenhower Fellow, was invited to America and spent seven weeks meeting important organisations and the chair of the Eisenhower Fellowship, Colin Powel [5]. In addition to holding senior management roles in the private sectors and managing the Nigerian Women Trust Fund - a non-profit organization focused on increasing the quality and quantity of women in decision-making, for three years, Ayisha has consulted for the World Bank , United Nations Development Programme , Department for International Development , UNICEF and the National Democratic Institute. In she was chosen to be one of 21 women who met for a conference at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government funded by Hunt Alternatives. She sits on the board of various organisations in the public and private sector. Love Des Not Win Elections is a book about her experiences in the electoral process and Nigerian Politics as a whole [9]. In the book, she expressed her dissatisfaction with the quality of representation — both from the men and women in office and after years advising on and working to get more women into leadership positions, she is curious about what it would take to contest and win.

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Bronwen Manby says this humorous book gives a unique insight into Nigerian politics. This unique book should be required reading for those interested in the promotion and consolidation of democracy, whether as scholar or activist. If selected as a candidate, after all, the same rigmarole would have begun all over again for the public vote. The first challenge is deciding which party to stand for. Submitting the forms to become a candidate is another torturous task, as officials show an obsession for primary and secondary school certificates and other documents required by the rules, rather than more substantive matters including later degrees. Other demands leave the rules behind, as the author has to fend off people offering different services, including to secure prayers for her candidacy.

Take Law degrees from University of Lagos and Harvard. Throw in a decade with a number of multi-nationals in Nigeria and then another 3 years running an NGO. Then add in an analytical mind and a gift for writing very clearly. Stir gently. Then pour the whole mix into Nigerian politics.


  1. Forvilingcalf says:

    …because we love books.

  2. Jessamine B. says:

    Love does not win elections

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