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ENHANCING YOUTH PARTICIPATION IN ELECTORAL PROCESSES IN AFRICA (PART 1)

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Editor's Note: This was a keynote address presented by Professor Attahiru M. Jega (OFR) at the 4th Annual Continental Forum of Election Management Bodies (EMBs) organized by the Political Affairs Department, African Union, held at the Park Inn, Radisson, Kigali, Rwanda, on the 9th-10th November 2017.


Introduction Participation in the political and electoral processes is a democratic right of all citizens guaranteed and protected by international conventions and declarations, as well as domestic laws. Regrettably, this right is often denied to constituencies most deserving by vested interests and dominant groups. The youth are the most significant and deserving of meaningful and purposeful participation in their country’s affairs, yet they are the most marginalized or excluded citizens from political and electoral participation especially on the African continent. While they are a demographic majority, paradoxically they are a political minority. Thus, their energy, vibrancy, enthusi…

MY OPINION ON “I WROTE THIS FOR YOU”

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“I Wrote This for You” published in July 2017 is the second book from Samirah Sanusi (the author of “S is for Survivor”). It is a collection of poems and words of encouragement and healing for the lost, for the found and for the real battle that comes afterwards; the recovery.
The book, which I had the privilege of editing while it was a manuscript was launched on Saturday, the 19th of August, 2017 at Salamander Café in Abuja. I was also granted the privilege of hosting the launch. As part of the agenda for the launch, I gave a brief opinion of the book and why it was important for everyone to read it. For the benefit of those who were absent and those who were present but didn’t get to hear all that I had planned to say, due to a sudden onset of stage fright, I have reproduced it below for your reading pleasure:
Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. You are welcome to the launch of “I Wrote This for You” by Samirah Sanusi. My father used to say “gratitude is always a good point to start…

DIVINE LOVE BOOK REVIEW

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For frequent readers of my blog, my absence from posting new articles in the last one year was very noticeable. My absence was due to the fact that I had taken a new author under my wing and was assisting in perfecting her new book for publication. For 8 months, we put everything else aside and worked assiduously to meet deadlines and make sure the book was perfect for publication. Our hard work paid off. The book was published early this year and the book launch was held on Saturday, 20th May 2017.
The attendance and outpouring of support we received from family, friends, and well-wishers were astounding. For the benefit of those who were unable to attend and those who may want to read the book review, I have reproduced it below as it was presented on the day of the event. Pardon the length but one of my weaknesses is my inability to summarize.
INTRODUCTION Your Excellencies, your Royal Highnesses, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, good morning. Welcome to the launch of a literary mas…

NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS: WHY THEY FAIL AND HOW TO MAKE THEM STICK

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At the beginning of every year, we go through the same cycle of making New Year resolutions. These usually range from resolutions to work harder, make better financial decisions, exercise more, quit smoking, make new friends, lose weight (or in my own case, gain weight) and read more books. However, a recent study of New Year resolutions and their rate of success discovered that only about 9.2% of New Year resolutions are successful and the average length of most New Year resolutions is six months. Six months may not seem like such a bad run for a New Year resolution but then again, your aim was to stretch the resolution to last a year, not six months. Therefore, six months won’t do. After closely studying mine and other people’s New Year resolution patterns, I have put together some theories as to why they fail and tips on how to follow through on your resolutions.
1. DON’T LOSE SIGHT OF SMALL VICTORIES: Whether you’re working on acquiring a new good habit, dropping an old bad one or i…

CELEBRATING MY BIRTHDAY "ALONE" IN THE MODERN ERA!

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Editor's Note: This article was written by Abdullahi Usman, Personal Assistant to the former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission of Nigeria.

“The absence of evidence is not (necessarily the) evidence of absence.” - Carl Sagan

For quite some time now, I have been on something of an extended ‘sabbatical’ period since leaving my last paid job all those several months ago. Being the largely private individual that I am, and someone who hardly socializes, I have devoted most of my cherished new found free moments reading some of the backlog of books and tons of other precious reading materials that I haven’t had the luxury of attending to all those hectic five years, especially most recently that I have literally been home alone, on account of my family’s extended vacation for the past three weeks or thereabouts. I also use the time in between to slowly ease my way back into my cherished passion of writing, which I have had to necessarily suspend for the some good s…

THE LOOMING KENYAN IEBC GAMBLE: VOICE FROM ABROAD

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