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Reflection on Semester 8 by Participant Alex Kayee

It was Monday morning and we all trooped in at the hotel. Tall, short, slim, fat, and whatever adjective that suits your tongue, it was proof to show that we were a gathering of potential individuals from different backgrounds.

At first, I thought I had arrived too early but to my amazement, there were probably more than 50 persons who had been there far before my arrival. Breakfast was being served as I walked upstairs. I reached out for a cup of tea in my regular shy but observatory mood. There were short convos of acquaintances across the tables with flashes of 📷 for those who love to pose for pictures. It was an atmosphere filled with diversities.

We began a week-long journey of tapping into the knowledge of individuals from different backgrounds and skills - an experience that's set to create the next movers and shakers on the continent of Africa in a not-too-distant future. Trust me, the young people are coming!

As someone who aspires to build a solid career in political activities, I learned from our intra-participants interactions that have further enriched my knowledge of political networking.

My observation of the class election/political activities and how it can benefit anyone who aspires to run for public office:

Far before we could converge at the hotel to begin our five days event, there were individuals who were already knowledgeable about the class political process so they already started to build alliances before time. It's called early preparation and it's very good for any of you in here who intends to run for public office in the future.

Though for some, there were pre-engagements before the start of our journey, the organizer's quest to see more inclusive tickets which took into consideration geographical balance meant, there was a need for alignments and realignments. In this direction, some people had to be sacrificial lambs for political expediency. Of course in politics, compromises are normal things. Politics, they say is not static. I don't need to tell you that it's dynamic, huh?

Behind closed doors during the ungodly hours of the nights,😀😀 there were meetings and talks by several different groupings on how to either work as a unit or on how to select marketable political commodities that could defeat their opponents. It's called STRATEGIZING. In fact, there is a popular saying that politics does not play in the day - it plays at night.

On the other hand, there was this group clamoring against block voting. Where are they wrong? That's left for you to answer. However, I want you to know that there will always be issues in electoral processes - so you must at all times prepare yourself when such issues arise because they will always tend to shift the paradigm either in a positive or negative way.

Lastly, when there is a shift in paradigm, there are new forces that might come out as a result of new changes. Hence, when the 'bloc voting was canceled' dramatically, we saw the appearance of new people quite well to our bewilderment. Yea, every situation has a tendency of producing new forces that can thwart any regular/traditional arrangements.

I could go on and do a broad analysis of the entire political process which we busied ourselves with these few days but I've already bored you with a very long essay.

However, though the process didn't end the way it should have, don't take it for play when they say, "election ain't geh small one".

Yea, there is absolutely no small election. Not even in Heaven.

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