The battle to change Africa does not only exist in Africa, says Chude Jideonwo


Chude Jideonwo and Adebola Williams, StateCraft Inc. co-founders and authors of the new book How to Win Elections in Africa: Parallels with Donald Trump, continued their tour around the United States of America with stops at the Harvard University, University of Massachusetts, Boston, and in Atlanta, Georgia on the 25, 28, and 29 November respectively.

With the book already becoming a resource material on issues connected with democracy, elections and campaigns globally, the authors shared their thoughts about the parallels between America, American events and the rest of the world, especially in the context of development.

Speaking in Boston, Chude described it as “essentially about all the things that make elections happen globally and the order in which they matter or otherwise in sub-Saharan African contexts, as seen through our experience in four national elections in three countries”.

Joining the hosts of the AfroBuzz podcast, Bebe, Nunoo and James, Remi Makanjuola, and Toks Ogun for a chat, Chude also shared the unique experiences of StateCraft Inc. and its work on elections in Africa, the business of nation-building, and the urgency for a newer generation of Africans who are directly involved in the politics of the continent in their respective countries.

“To determine the future of this wonderful continent, it is important to get involved. This is not just about Africans living in Africa. There are strong voices and minds in diaspora driving change for Africa, so the battle does not only exist in Africa”, he said.

The interview preceded two further discussions, with the first at the University of Massachusetts’ Center for Peace, Democracy and Development at the UMass Boston Campus Center in Boston and another at the Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession where Jideonwo was interviewed by Kenneth Ononeze Okwor for the Harvard African Policy Journal.

‘How to Win Elections in Africa: Parallels with Donald Trump’ United States of America book tour will continue in the coming days with book discussions in Pennsylvania and Washington D.C. on Monday, 4 and Tuesday, 5 December, 2017.

The discussion in Pennsylvania will be about governance and politics in the context of building businesses and creating value in and for Africa at Lafayette College, Pennsylvania while the John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies will host the discussion in Washington D.C.


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