How to win an election by dancing in public


I really got concerned about hawkers in Lagos recently. The deliberate manner at which these people try to compel you to make on-the-spot purchase decisions is frightening. They almost take away your freedom of ‘looking’. Apparently to them, if you must look, then you must buy. Perhaps; “looking” isn’t free anymore. I knew it was the right time to speak up when a hawker who was selling magazines saw me yawn and instantly recommended I should chop gala and hold myself {sic};signalling the sausage (gala) retailer who sprinted towards him like he was coming to resuscitate a fainted motorist.

I also got worried about the current political atmosphere. Elections are just a few days away and politicians are coming up with bespoke state-of-the-art campaign strategies. Top of the list for me (which I didn’t believe till I saw the pictures) are two governors, who at different times danced avidly to “Shoki” at campaign rallies.. I couldn’t have imagined these guys could dance so passionately in public, in front of thousands of people. Well, I presume elections are even  more powerful than we think.

We all have something we want to achieve; short term or long term. Maybe you want to be a successful writer. Maybe you want to be the next governor of your state. You may want to be fantastically rich. You may want t0 be a more attractive individual, someone who can navigate social scenes with ease and charm women or men effortlessly.

Whatever it is, the simple, yet big question here is: how badly do you want it?

Just wanting is the simple part. You can want something so badly your teeth ache and your soul burns….but that still won’t be enough. It’s not about just the desire to achieve something. Desire is easy.  It’s about what you’re willing to do to get it… and whether you want it enough.

We all want stuff.  We want to be cooler, smarter, faster, and stronger. We want the job of our dreams, we want to date that one woman we’ve had a thing for since last year…

Most times we want it to be quick and easy, a one-step, no sweat solution that will solve all our problems.

The problem is, that’s just not how the world actually works. You can’t achieve anything without paying the price, and that price is going to be blood and sweat and embracing the possibility of failure.

If you want to write the great book – then you need to sit the heck down. You need to write, write, and write, then revise and write again Take the criticism, revise again, rewrite again.

If you want to improve your social skills, you have to go out and practice those social skills. Just reading about what you should do isn’t enough.

The street hawker who monitors you eyeballs in traffic is out there doing everything possible to live a better life. The politician who suddenly turns a 5 star entertainer on a campaign stage is making a case of being the right man for the job by showing you those fantastic shoki skills to ultimately command your support at the polls.

When you want to succeed as much as you want to breathe, then you are likely to get ahead.

When you want to win an election badly enough, you can go ahead and dance if you must. But I’m pretty sure you’ll need more than just dance skills.





So tell us, what would you do if you wanted something so badly?

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7 thoughts on “How to win an election by dancing in public

  1. frances

    I’d get my hands dirty…
    Do the menial jobs if need be…take the hurt and criticism..getting to the goal is the most important thing.

    Happy New week Emeka

    1. Emeka

      Getting to the goal sounds pretty much precise. Thanks for sharing, Frances.

  2. Mr. D

    This is cool

    1. Emeka

      Thanks Mr D!

  3. chidi

    its like you knew the push I just needed at the right time. you spoke to me clearly like you were at a Window looking into my soul.
    Now off to do the needful

  4. chidi

    Wowww!! This is serendipity. My reading this post today.
    Its like you knew the push I just needed at the right time. you spoke to me clearly like you were at a Window looking into my soul.
    Now off to do the needful

    1. Emeka

      Ahhh. Thank you, Chidi. Glad i could help 😀

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