Against the Run of Play takes an intense look at Nigerian politics at a time when an entrenched political party was defeated in a presidential election after 16 unbroken years in power. This book offers the reader a narrative explanation and an unusual insight into the major human and institutional factors that led up to the defeat of President Goodluck Jonathan  in 2015.

Equally important is the author’s detailed recall of the major political developments that made the outcome inevitable while shaping the very expectations that brought President Buhari to power. Adeniyi enhances the credibility of his narrative through an extensive set of interviews with living key players in the drama he relates. The hindsight of these key players throws the events into bolder relief and illuminates the road ahead.

The news from Nigeria today is wonderful. Africa’s largest country has concluded a peaceful election process. Furthermore, the incumbent has already gracefully conceded and congratulated his successor – a first for Nigeria and a benchmark for other African countries to follow.

– Mo Ibrahim, 1 April, 2015

Olusegun Adeniyi’s Against the Run of Play at once captures the bleak essence of Nigerian politics – or ‘Politricks’ as he put it elsewhere – and paints a vivid picture of the challenges of governance and how these have combined to arrest the country’s growth and development- a quintessential treasure trove for those seeking to make sense of our tortuous journey of national ‘self-discovery’.

– Matt Aikhionbare, SA to Presidents Obasanjo, Yar’Adua and Jonathan

Against the Run of Play brings into sharp focus the centrifugal forces that took Nigeria to the brink in the 2015 election. Thoughtful, intelligent and rigorous, Olusegun Adeniyi’s book trains an unerring eye on recent history, and calls us to remember. In this story of politics marked by intrigue, ambition, tragedy and farce, shines through a nation’s miraculous ability to remake itself.

– Molara Wood, Writer & Journalist


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