Why am I not surprised at the release of what will go down in history as Chude’s first real political book?
I saw it coming. I knew he would tread this path, I knew a book like this would come. I have always known. This knowledge is not because Chude had hinted me about it neither am I a member of the inner working of Red Media Africa or Statecraft. I haven’t met Chude one on one before, although, I have attended events where he was a guest speaker. In fact, the three times I listened to Chude were all in Church, at Daystar Christian Center. I must that have read tons of tweets and Facebook posts from him. I have bought more than a couple of Y! Naija magazine and followed with keen interest all the Future Awards events. Somehow, I feel like I know how he thinks and what he’s capable of doing.
So why did Chude write ‘How to Win Elections in Africa?’
It is not always difficult to predict what a man would do if you pay close attention to the things, the people he loves and the kinds of things that tickle his fancy.
Do you know a certain Hillary Rodham Clinton? Who doesn’t know Hillary Clinton? I know, you know but pretend for a moment you don’t know her and allow me to explain to you who she is and how she’s connected to the subject matter. Hillary Rodham Clinton is the woman who ran against Donald Trump in the last presidential election in America and of course the wife of Bill Clinton.
After the unfortunate loss, while the whole world was busy trying to figure out what just happened to America and Americans and which way the country would move and what would become of Madam Secretary of State, Madam Clinton disappeared totally from public glare for some moment with some writing materials. When she finally came back, she returned with a chronicle of what transpired before, during and after the election. The chronicle is now a book aptly titled ‘What Happened.’
There exists some connection between Chude and Hillary. Chude is a huge fan of Madam Secretary of State just as I am a huge fan of Chude. He has written some good number of favourable social media posts in her honour. That is connection! Whether it is direct or indirect is immaterial. When you believe in someone and begin to do some of the things the persons does, somehow, you will begin to think and behave like that person. Chude couldn’t have known Madam Secretary was writing ‘What Happened’ and Madam couldn’t have known Chude was writing ‘How to Win Elections in Africa’ but both books speak essentially on the same subject from different experience, clime and perspective.
That in my opinion is why Chude was able to write How to Win Election in Africa.
I know you will be tempted to ask Chude if that was how it happened, save your energy, Chude does not even know this unless he has read this already.