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As potential candidates for the forthcoming presidential election in Nigeria start to build up allegiance and make strategic moves to reinforce their position in the race. One thing is certain; more Nigerians are bound to throw their hat into the arena, to be counted for the highest position in the land.
In the United Kingdom, more Nigerians in the Diaspora are becoming politically active and as the wind of political consciousness engulf the Nigerian community, it is clear that some groups are taking the issue seriously.
The Kegites Club, formerly known as Palmwine Drinkers Club is one socio-cultural group expanding in the U.K, and the international scene with membership of over a million Nigerians scatter around the world. The club was formed around 1962 in the now Obafemi Awolowo University which is still the world headquarter and has since spread to all universities and colleges across Nigeria.
Recently, the club launched its official site (www.kegitesclub.co.uk) as part of its strategic plan to increase the group importance in the 21st Century. Thus, it was not surprising that its membership in a recent internet polls declared by a majority of 83% that a Kegites member will be in a better position to rule Nigeria come 2007.
Whilst, some political commentators might dismiss the poll as wishful thinking, it is important for the record to state that the two Nigerian Presidents were one time members of this group (President Olusegun Obasanjo and Yakubu Gowon).
A group well-known for its colourful celebration (gyration) is popular with students, lecturers, professionals and business tycoons alike. Even if, nobody eventually stands up openly as a flag bearer of Kegites club, it is clear that any potential leader will have to take into account the relevance of this group before voting commence come 2007.
Oyeyemi Olodo Esq.,
The Integrity Magazine
The Integrity Magazine is a quarterly black magazine published in the UK quarterly for Africans in the Diaspora
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