I bet you saw that heading and half expected me to talk about how we are going to protest and kick start a revolution either peaceful or violent that topples the current political class. We will do all this and have the country run by intelligent and politically awake youth who will take Nigeria to the promised land and we will live happily ever after. Right? Yeah sounds like something I would say or write 5 to 10 years ago. Naija has sucked most of the idealist out of me, Not that I don’t believe in the revolution, I think we are due one in this nation. Dear Tuface, smh. Enough said! I believe we all have a right to voice our grievances and put pressure on our political class to effect positive change. Now, would they listen? Doubt it! We are a nation that does not listen to gently and well articulated points or people that are way too gentle, we are the gra gra nation; a nation of Warri no dey carry last, of sharp lagos boys and bini boys, of mallams and Okoros who wont hesitate to cheat you in the market unless you “open eye” for them. This is Nigeria. Equal opportunity loudness, everyone is shouting yet very few actually make sense.
Now that I have finished preaching, dearly beloved we are gathered here today to plot how youth can take over from the current political class. Since it is Black History Month and I love me some Martin Luther King, I have a dream!. So somewhere between reading the tweets of a friend of mine about how we had two bad choices in 2015 and we need to avoid that in 2019 and a Facebook post by another friend about how good governance is without sentiment, I had an idealistic brain fart that I want to call an idea: How about the youth and progressive elements in Nigeria crowdfund a party?
Crowdfund a political party? Say what? Sir F has lost his marbles. Let me land to borrow a Nigerianism (Maybe it isn’t a Nigerianism but I wonder what people are trying to land..). The way I see it, we the so called enlightened youth are afraid to enter politics, we sit down and bitch that we have no good options and the options are funded by moneybags who wont give us a chance to change Nigeria for the better. I say a simple solution would be to crowdfund a political party. Clearly state the ideals of this party, give a structured plan of what it intends to do and how it intends to achieve it. Sell this ideals to the populace and have people buy into idea. I mean literally buy into it. Every contributor to the party becomes a shareholder in the party with a chance to have their voice heard. Funding would be transparent with reporting like a company on every kobo spent. Job descriptions for appointment positions would be circulated and CVs received, verified and shareholder (members) of the political party would have a part in selecting their appointees who would have to key in to the ideals of the party.
Frankly, in this day and age of e-voting becoming a thing and social media becoming an ever more powerful tool in politics. I think a crowdfunded and share based political party built on ideals could be a possible direction of the future and would guaranty surefire way that Nigerian politics moves from a politics of godfatherism. If I have a million crowdfunders in my party as backers, no one person can claim me. I will remain impartial and be guided by the ideals of the party.
Anyway, thats my little idea which I am yet to elaborate on. What do you think? Could this work in Nigeria? What pathways do you see to having youth take over politics in Nigeria? How do we move to an issue based politics?