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Chude Jideonwo, Adebola Williams launches new book at Yale

*In partnership with the Council on African Studies

Chude Jideonwo and Adebola Williams, co-founders of StateCraft Inc., the nation-building company under RED, are set to host the launch of their new book, ‘How to Win Elections in Africa: Parallels with Donald Trump’ at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut on Wednesday, 8th November, 2017.

The book is a comprehensive guide to understanding the factors that help make an election successful, drawing from global trends and attitudes of electorates the world over. It highlights the crucial but not indispensable roles that legacy, political parties and other establishments play in determining the outcomes of elections.

“This book is for everyone—nation-builders, activists, social engineers, engaged citizens—looking to understand the tectonic shifts taking place in the African election landscape.

It takes the reader through the experience of feeling the pulse of a nation while highlighting the determining factors of how citizens express their true democratic will during elections,” said Chude Jideonwo.

“Our experiences so far have given us unique insights into the socio-political imperatives that currently define African democracies, and the task to enable anyone desiring to put themselves forward inspired this book.”

Jane Wales, former Special Assistant to President Bill Clinton and Senior Director, National Security Council describes the book as a “fresh perspective on forces shaping African and global politics, including the information revolution and economic integration, and examines the ways in which activists can harness those forces to build citizen-led movements.”

Taking place a year after the American elections that swept the Republican candidate, Donald Trump, into the presidency, ‘How to Win Elections in Africa’ will launch at the Henry R. Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven, Connecticut. It is co-sponsored by the Yale Council on African Studies.

How to Win Elections in Africa: Parallels with Donald Trump

How to Win Elections in Africa explores how citizens, through elections, can uproot the power structures. 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.

Publisher: 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.

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