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Meet The 31 Year Old Running For Public Office In Lagos State. by Temilayo816(f): 2:26pm On Nov 25, 2016
ALABI AFOKE: ASPIRATIONS OF A VISIONARY

While the involvement of young people in Nigerian politics may not be at its peak, there is n doubt that certain individuals are beginning to change the status quo through their determination to be actively involved in public service irrespective of their age. Alabi Afoke is one of them.
Afoke is currently contesting for the position of Councilor in Anthony Village (Ward C) , Kosofe LGA in Lagos.
Currently In his early thirties, Afoke is a successful businessman with interests in Real Estate and Agriculture. The graduate of Political science is also recognized as a philanthropist in his area of residence.
He was born to a father who exemplified the virtues of diligence and dedication in public service, first as Director of Operations in Lagos State, and later as General Manager of LAWMA, and a Mother who placed value on knowledge of history and politics as a tool for creating a better future. Therefore, Alabi’s decision to serve his country right from the grassroots level is no surprise.

WHY ARE YOU COMING OUT FOR PUBLIC OFFICE?

I have always seen public office as the most effective way to make the lives of people better and influence public policies and decisions positively.
From my experience as a business person and philanthropist, I know very well that you may have the best ideas and intentions but your ability to reach out to people will be limited.
If you sell a product or service, no matter how innovative, only those who buy it will experience the change that product or service can bring. If you also decide to give this product/service for free (which is what philanthropy is), only those who make the effort to come to you will benefit from it.
With public service, it’s a completely different ball game. When you come up with an innovative idea, or a solution to a problem, it becomes the entitlement of the people.
Public office avails the chance to make laws and implement policies that affect the lives of people living in the area where you serve.
At the grassroots, it becomes even more engaging, because you share the same social amenities with the people you represent, you use the same facilities, so one is not removed from the reality of the times in any way. This reality guides your courses of action and recommendations to the higher tiers of government. This desire to change things right from the grassroots is what brought about my decision to contest.

WHAT EXACTLY IS YOUR ROLE/JOB GOING TO BE AS A COUNSELOR ACCORDING TO THE NIGERIAN CONSTITUTION?

The job of a councilor, according the Nigerian constitution are as follows:
• Political heads of their respective wards
• Member of the finance and general and purpose committee which in effect is the cabinet to the local government
• Assisting the chairman to supervise the execution of local government projects within their respective wards
• Carrying out such other function as chairman or counsel may assign to them from time to time
However, it is one thing for the constitution ot state the duties of public office holders, and it is another thing for a public office holder to take initiative and discharge his duties in a creative manner.
This leads me to the matter of leadership in the 21st century. I certainly do not intend to carry on with the status quo. I plan to open up Anthony to the world in a new light by aligning our development with the sustainable development goals in the areas where they concern us a community. The world is moving towards this direction. Why should we be left behind?
We must begin to look inwards and discover the benefits of synergies and partnerships. Organizations across the world are willing to engage with communities to help them achieve some of the goals such as No poverty, Zero hunger, Good health and well being, Quality education, Clean water and sanitation and so many others. All these in their own capacities can only make things better for the people of Anthony. Engaging the people in the development of the community is one way to foster unity and promote a spirit of oneness among residents. Its not about building castles in the air because these are all achievable goals.

WHY ARE YOU CONTESTING ON THE PLATFORM OF THE PDP IN A STATE THAT IS APC DOMINATED?

I don’t believe that any part of a country or state is the birthright of anyone or group. Is there a ruling party in the state? Yes! Do I have developmental ideas and plans that can benefit the people of my ward? Yes! Must I be a member of the ruling party for the people of Anthony to benefit from these ideas and plans? NO!!!
Such matters are never enough to deny a people the dividends of democracy, or the development that can be brought about by putting square pegs in square holes.
Development will not come from tribalism or nepotism. Our growth will not come from segregation along financial or political lines. We can only achieve this greatness when we take individuals for their values and what they have to offer, instead of worrying about parties and factions.

WE SEEM TO BE RUNNING A GERONTOCRATIC SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT, ALBEIT INFORMALLY. SHOULDN’T THE YOUTH CONCENTRATE ON OTHER THINGS?

As a youth, it has always been my dream to contribute my quota to the development of my nation and I have chosen to start now because the next generation makes up the leaders of tomorrow. I heard that when I was younger and I see now that it is my time to lead.
It is time for the youth of this nation to lead people out of complacency. It is time for the youth of this nation to lead the rest of the country into a new era. It is time for the youth of Nigeria to remind Africa that its giant may have taken a nap but is not dead. It is our time to speak up and speak out. It is our time to touch lives. It is our time to redirect the direction of our nation. I have realized this, and I am stepping up to the responsibility of being a youth in Nigeria.

I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT CHAIRMAN, OTHER MEMBERS OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT STAFF, AND THE PEOPLE OF ANTHONY ITSELF.
ALABI AFOKE

Interview to be continued...................


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Re: Meet The 31 Year Old Running For Public Office In Lagos State. by yanabasee(m): 2:29pm On Nov 25, 2016
Why PDP?
Either PDP or APC will break into faction anytime sooner...
I wish you goodluck... Success ahead!
Re: Meet The 31 Year Old Running For Public Office In Lagos State. by gabinogem(m): 2:31pm On Nov 25, 2016
OK...go ahead. I support u.
Re: Meet The 31 Year Old Running For Public Office In Lagos State. by TonyeBarcanista(m): 2:58pm On Nov 25, 2016
Success to you
Re: Meet The 31 Year Old Running For Public Office In Lagos State. by Temilayo816(f): 4:18pm On Nov 25, 2016
TonyeBarcanista:
Success to you

Wow. D great TonyeBarcanista......can't believe u commented on my post.
I'm actually a young resident of Anthony and d bros happens to live some streets away. Out of boredom today, I decided 2 go and look for his trouble but I left impressed.

Dat prompted d decision to post his replies here despite the fact that I am mostly quiet on nl.
Seems there is hope for us youths in this Nigeria.
Re: Meet The 31 Year Old Running For Public Office In Lagos State. by TonyeBarcanista(m): 4:26pm On Nov 25, 2016
Temilayo816:


Wow. D great TonyeBarcanista......can't believe u commented on my post.
I'm actually a young resident of Anthony and d bros happens to live some streets away. Out of boredom today, I decided 2 go and look for his trouble but I left impressed.

Dat prompted d decision to post his replies here despite the fact that I am mostly quiet on nl.
Seems there is hope for us youths in this Nigeria.
My madam, I'm usually filled with joy to see young people in the race for leadership
Re: Meet The 31 Year Old Running For Public Office In Lagos State. by omofunaab(m): 4:59pm On Nov 25, 2016
Temilayo816:


Wow. D great TonyeBarcanista......can't believe u commented on my post.
I'm actually a young resident of Anthony and d bros happens to live some streets away. Out of boredom today, I decided 2 go and look for his trouble but I left impressed.

Dat prompted d decision to post his replies here despite the fact that I am mostly quiet on nl.
Seems there is hope for us youths in this Nigeria.



Why are you surprised an ordinary nairalander commented on your post.

Do we have celebrity nairalander here?
Re: Meet The 31 Year Old Running For Public Office In Lagos State. by Omudia11: 5:20pm On Nov 25, 2016
So he is Yoruba...I thought Afoke was only an urhobo name.
Re: Meet The 31 Year Old Running For Public Office In Lagos State. by richidinho(m): 5:47pm On Nov 25, 2016
31yrs? A councilor?

Let me Comment my reserve
Re: Meet The 31 Year Old Running For Public Office In Lagos State. by Temilayo816(f): 6:00pm On Nov 25, 2016
omofunaab:




Why are you surprised an ordinary nairalander commented on your post.

Do we have celebrity nairalander here?


Excuse me sir, I don't have an answer for you because that question you asked is none of your business. I am entitled to my opinions and emotions as an individual
Come back tomorrow with a question that is your business and I will answer you. Bonsoir Mr tough guy.
Re: Meet The 31 Year Old Running For Public Office In Lagos State. by omofunaab(m): 6:04pm On Nov 25, 2016
Temilayo816:



Excuse me sir, I don't have an answer for you because that question you asked is none of your business. I am entitled to my opinions and emotions as an individual
Come back tomorrow with a question that is your business and I will answer you. Bonsoir Mr tough guy.


See, it hasn't even gotten to that.

Am just surprised you think we have celebrity nairalanders . Azin this is a faceless forum

But it's your decision sha, maybe he is inspiring you in someway i don't know
Re: Meet The 31 Year Old Running For Public Office In Lagos State. by Temilayo816(f): 6:04pm On Nov 25, 2016
richidinho:
31yrs? A councilor?

Let me Comment my reserve

Yep. Good or bad?


I really would like to see him win though, all these years of living in the Area and seeing people Above 40 and 45 hold the position, there has never been a difference. Maybe this will be different.
You need to engage the Bros in a discussion one one to get what I'm saying.
(Oh lord, I hope I haven't started crushing)
*covers face and runs outta thread
Re: Meet The 31 Year Old Running For Public Office In Lagos State. by Temilayo816(f): 6:11pm On Nov 25, 2016
omofunaab:



See, it hasn't even gotten to that.

Am just surprised you think we have celebrity nairalanders . Azin this is a faceless forum

But it's your decision sha, maybe he is inspiring in someway i don't know

Oya I'm sorry if I came off confrontational.
It truly is a faceless forum but certain monikers are popular.
Here in Politics section, TonyeBarcanista is a fountain of facts and knowledge about politics and I admire him for that.

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Re: Meet The 31 Year Old Running For Public Office In Lagos State. by zero8zero(m): 6:17pm On Nov 25, 2016
omofunaab:




Why are you surprised an ordinary nairalander commented on your post.

Do we have celebrity nairalander here?
No celebrity status but some guys had paid their dues through years of activities on NL. These guys have a good number of following.. you'd be amazed to know the number of members that have been following your posts since you've been here..

Truth is mine*

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Re: Meet The 31 Year Old Running For Public Office In Lagos State. by richidinho(m): 6:22pm On Nov 25, 2016
Temilayo816:


Yep. Good or bad?


I really would like to see him win though, all these years of living in the Area and seeing people Above 40 and 45 hold the position, there has never been a difference. Maybe this will be different.
You need to engage the Bros in a discussion one one to get what I'm saying.
(Oh lord, I hope I haven't started crushing)
*covers face and runs outta thread

He will win, the youths will vote 4 him

Begin to package yourself well now ooo
Make sure you visit salon frequently, wear light make up
And always pass where you know the guy will be around, i see you eating from govt very soon grin
Re: Meet The 31 Year Old Running For Public Office In Lagos State. by zero8zero(m): 6:22pm On Nov 25, 2016
Temilayo816:



Excuse me sir, I don't have an answer for you because that question you asked is none of your business. I am entitled to my opinions and emotions as an individual
Come back tomorrow with a question that is your business and I will answer you. Bonsoir Mr tough guy.
Miss, easy does it..you need not have tore into him that way, what he said was within the limits. c'mon be a lady..

Truth is mine*
Re: Meet The 31 Year Old Running For Public Office In Lagos State. by Temilayo816(f): 7:16pm On Nov 25, 2016
zero8zero:
Miss, easy does it..you need not have tore into him that way, what he said was within the limits. c'mon be a lady..

Truth is mine*

Yea I know. I saw the question at a bad time
That's why I apologised.
If you've got people living in Anthony, biko tell them to vote for my crush o.
Re: Meet The 31 Year Old Running For Public Office In Lagos State. by pacino26(m): 7:43pm On Nov 25, 2016
Way to go. My anger is that boys and girls his age who have experienced first hand the manipulations of the older generation will either start harassing their fellow youth aspiring for office or decide not to vote for him.

Too bad.

Afoke should trend on the social media space rather than some over bloated boob or cucumber story. Already he's a winner either ways because he's now am inspiration to other young people.
Re: Meet The 31 Year Old Running For Public Office In Lagos State. by zero8zero(m): 7:49pm On Nov 25, 2016
Temilayo816:


Yea I know. I saw the question at a bad time
That's why I apologised.
If you've got people living in Anthony, biko tell them to vote for my crush o.
Your crush??. This makes it a little difficult.. Ok, let's make a deal; what's my cut if i mmobilize for him??.. let's see how good you are.

Truth is mine*
Re: Meet The 31 Year Old Running For Public Office In Lagos State. by omofunaab(m): 11:40pm On Nov 25, 2016
Temilayo816:


Oya I'm sorry if I came off confrontational.
It truly is a faceless forum but certain monikers are popular.
Here in Politics section, TonyeBarcanista is a fountain of facts and knowledge about politics and I admire him for that.

No problem ma, am also sorry
Re: Meet The 31 Year Old Running For Public Office In Lagos State. by Temilayo816(f): 10:39am On Nov 26, 2016
omofunaab:

No problem ma, am also sorry
Cool
Re: Meet The 31 Year Old Running For Public Office In Lagos State. by Temilayo816(f): 6:15pm On Dec 03, 2016
pacino26:
Way to go. My anger is that boys and girls his age who have experienced first hand the manipulations of the older generation will either start harassing their fellow youth aspiring for office or decide not to vote for him.

Too bad.

Afoke should trend on the social media space rather than some over bloated boob or cucumber story. Already he's a winner either ways because he's now am inspiration to other young people.


I share your sentiments sir. It's just unfortunate that we seem to have gotten our priorities wrong as a people.
Re: Meet The 31 Year Old Running For Public Office In Lagos State. by Temilayo816(f): 6:34pm On Dec 03, 2016
Since I'm jobless at the moment, I have decided to use my fresh degree in mass communication for community work.

Here are pictures of Alabi Afoke decorating winners of a recently concluded football tournament in our community. The organizers chose to honour him as a way of showing their support for his aspiration.
Re: Meet The 31 Year Old Running For Public Office In Lagos State. by Temilayo816(f): 6:38pm On Dec 03, 2016
DRUMROLL!!!!

Re: Meet The 31 Year Old Running For Public Office In Lagos State. by Temilayo816(f): 6:46pm On Dec 03, 2016
Pardon the quality of the pictures. They were taken with a very humble phone.

Re: Meet The 31 Year Old Running For Public Office In Lagos State. by Temilayo816(f): 6:55pm On Dec 03, 2016
Picture of Alabi Afoke assisting a Press team from a media house during their shoot for a story about the vibrant spirit of youths in Anthony

Re: Meet The 31 Year Old Running For Public Office In Lagos State. by Temilayo816(f): 6:57pm On Dec 03, 2016
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Re: Meet The 31 Year Old Running For Public Office In Lagos State. by Temilayo816(f): 8:27pm On Dec 08, 2016
Feel free to check out Afoke Alabi's article published on Bella naija
https://www.bellanaija.com/2016/12/afoke-alabi-tomorrow-a-failed-promise/
Re: Meet The 31 Year Old Running For Public Office In Lagos State. by Temilayo816(f): 8:41pm On Dec 08, 2016
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, BELOW IS AN ARTICLE WRITTEN BY ALABI AFOKE ON THE INVOLVEMENT OF LEADERSHIP IN NIGERIA.


“Parents listen to your children!
We are the leaders of tomorrow!
Try to pay our school fees!
And give us sound education!”


As a primary school pupil, I would leave the daily morning assembly chanting this song with great conviction. Marching off the assembly grounds may have been a routine for many of the pupils in my school, but it wasn’t for me. There were many other songs to bring the assembly to an end, but this was my favorite. It provided a subtle promise. A guarantee. An assurance. If my parents paid my school fees and provided me sound education, I would be a leader tomorrow.

For me, this prospect was good enough. Tomorrow definitely would arrive someday, and I would be ready to lead.

I would watch our Mrs Akintoye, the headmistress, intently while she conducted the assembly proceedings. She was a leader. I wanted to be like her. At home, after bedtime, while everyone thought I was asleep, I would amuse myself by re-enacting my father’s way of addressing people and matters according to the situations that presented themselves during the day. He was the leader of our home and community, and by emulating him, I was preparing myself for the promised tomorrow.

If tomorrow ever came, it certainly would meet me prepared. Armed with my sound education, the impeccable elocution I learnt from listening to Mrs Akintoye during our daily morning gatherings at school, and the poise that came from copying my father’s carriage, I would make a great leader.

Alas! Tomorrow would never come. Memories of Mrs Akintoye and My father would become reminders of a dream that has refused to come true. And I would eventually resign myself to the grim reality of a failed promise. A promise made by a generation who can no longer be taken for their word.

Having given up the lofty dreams of my childhood, I have adjusted to life as a realtor.
Now in my thirties, I cannot help but ask. What happened to tomorrow? Was tomorrow dangled before us to get us to be the best in academics, so that we could use our knowledge to contribute to the election campaigns of our fathers. Or was tomorrow just an outright scam? I imagine a group of old men sitting in what resembles a hallowed chamber, arguing vehemently.

“Why are this children still expecting tomorrow? Shouldn’t they be tired by now?”
“I cannot answer your question, Elder K, but this is what I propose. Let us just give them a peep into tomorrow”
“No. No. No. That will not work. I will prefer we just keep sitting on it. I know that they have been prepared for it, but we will be too idle if we give it up now.”

Forgive my imagination for being so descriptive, but I have kept asking and found no answers, so I resort to my dependable vivid imagination.
How else do we explain the scarcity of Nigerian youths in the leadership of our country? I chose the word “scarcity” because a word like “absence” would be an insult to the few who have worked hard to secure their places in the top echelon of public offices across the country.

However, I admit that “absence” would have been a more satisfying word to describe whatever presence young people may have in the leadership of this nation. I would like to liken this presence to a drop of water near an ocean.
Or maybe as Nigerians, we can relate more to comparing it with a single speck in a bucket full of garri.

Can anyone please explain why among the 36 states in Nigeria, no single state has a governor below the age of 35. In a federal cabinet comprising 36 members, excluding the President, no single minister is below the age of 35.
(Note that my preferred age limit for defining “youth” is far below 35, but for the sake of adapting to the Nigerian situation, I’ll make do with it)
Even when a young person gets to a place of prominence in public service and leadership in Nigeria, the achievement becomes a subject of awe in many quarters, with the individual touted as a sort of rarity. A relic. A wonder. A Victor. One who grabbed life by the throat and forced it to throw up the much awaited tomorrow into his/her hands.

This leads to another question. Why aren’t many young people in this category. Well, I’ll give you an answer- Gerontocracy.

Gerontocracy is defined as a system of government or living where leadership is reserved for elders.
In these parts, Gerontocracy is not only a “system of government”. It has become a living being. A monster that has seized us by our shirt collars (apologies to those who only wear T-shirts), and shaken us so hard that we have let it dwell amongst us, that we may live in peace.

Gerontocracy is the reason why a young person will express aspirations towards a certain position of leadership, only to be told to wait and “understudy” a senior person who has waited patiently for the post in question. It will not matter if the “senior” is ill suited for the position or has a history of reckless living. It wont matter if this young person had spent years doing pro bono community work to learn the ropes. It will not matter if the youth had spent several nights reading and given up his life savings on courses and qualifications required to excel in such a position. It really will not matter, because gerontocracy is a resident of Nigeria. Bona fide resident, with national identity cards and all.

Gerontocracy is the reason why the leadership will distribute arms to the youth of their nation to fight for a “party’s” interest during elections, because they have come to be seen as mere instruments instead of resources.

Gerontocracy is the reason why a nation with a population of 180 million has continued to suffer the ill fate of recycled leadership since its independence. Gerontocracy is the reason why my much awaited tomorrow has not yet come.

Nevertheless, I will make do with the option of joining the few who have decided to look past the failed promise of tomorrow and give life a kick in the sheen, if that is what it takes for me to be a leader in today’s Nigeria.

Maybe when tomorrow does arrive, it will bring me a new pair of spectacles, because as of today, I only view it as a failed promise and nothing more.

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