I contested for elections in a very conservative part of Africa. Coming from London, I had a certain expectation of conducting a grass roots campaign and following due process.
No woman had ever contested for a legislative seat in my constituency because it is a Muslim community. However, it was ironic that both myself and my other contestant were both women.
Having been born into a political dynasty, I already knew the my primary strategy was to reach out to the grassroots and very poor. Therefore, I concentrated all my efforts on interacting with the people directly. For 11 months, I moved to my fathers farm in the village where my constituency was and I worked tirelessly to woe the people. Before I knew it, I gained so much popularity that hardly anyone could believe it. To my credit, I had hired a camera man to follow my 11 month campaign. We are at present putting the footage together to make a documentary.
When it came time for the primary election, I beat my opponent by a very large gap.
Due to the fact that there had been some other constituencies in my state (not mine) who didn't conduct proper elections, the party called for a second election.
Although I was frustrated and we were running out of funds, we participated in the second election. The second election was mindboggling and the support I got was beyond what I expected. In our second election, I got 26,520 votes while my opponent scored 4,109 votes. With a difference of 22,000, one would have thought it was obvious who the clear winner was. I couldn't imagine anyway such a gap could be disputed, especially since everything had been video taped.
I have video footage to prove all this.
The biggest mistake I made during my election was not approach any of the political party executive members. I felt it was not correct to give the executive members gifts or try to manipulate them in any way.
This was exactly what my opponent did. So while she was popular with the party executive, I was very popular with the voters.
After the second election had been finalized and announced, I felt secure in my victory. At that point, I left my constituency and went back to the city to get some rest.
The next day, as I woke up I was confronted with the news that my opponent had been declared winner. I was shocked and called people in my constituency to find out if a third election had been held in my constituency. I was told that there hadn't been,
Apparently, there had been few constituencies where elections still weren't conclusive and the party ordered for elections to be included in only those constituencies who hadn't had elections.
Due to the fact that I was back in the city and had no idea what was happening, my opponent smuggled some election materials and went to fill in fake results in her car. Some of her associates who had helped forged the results recently approached me and pledged to testify he truth.
I will be contesting for election again in 2015 in the same constituency and wanted to write a book on my experience in 2011.
My idea would be a 11 chapter book with each chapter covering a month of the campaign I conducted and all the experiences I had.
I want the book to be written in the first person, as if I were writing it myself and I want it to be w really emotional piece.
I am a writer myself and would have loved to write the book myself, but I just don't have the time to write the book at the moment.
I need the book to be written as soon as possible. I would expect each chapter to have about 7,000 words. I would be willing to record on tape everything that happened and that I want written in each chapter to make it easier for the writer to include everything that I envisage in the chapter. This can be transferred via mail.
Below is a link to the piece I wrote about my experience after the election, so I hope that the writer will be able to understand the kind of emotion I am looking for in the book and in each of the 11 chapters.
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I wanted to get a writer from India primarily because I think the writer would be able to relate to and reflect the culture of the constituency that I come from.
There are clips on my youtube channel of the campaign and some parts of the election and result counting confirming my win before the results were changed.
My Youtube channel can be found on
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So please feel free to have a look and get a feel of the atmosphere I hope to capture.
I hope that I do get a feed back from someone who can understand and work with my vision.
But please keep in mind that I would like to have the book started as soon as possible and have it finished as soon as possible to.
I am flexible with terms, as long as I can get a writer that can help me complete this project.
Hope to get a feed back soon.
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