Written by Mahmud Tim Kargbo
In the common parlance, power is understood in oversimplified, static dyads or polarities. You have it; I don’t. Personal power and institutional power. The franchised and the disenfranchised. The haves and have nots is a power paradigm. The power to say Yes and the power to say No.
Conversely, change agents know that power is dynamic, multidimensional, relative, interactive, evolving, elusive. Here one day, then gone the next, only to reappear the day after, perhaps in a different form.
Some power manifests itself in evil; some power emanates from the good in our hearts. Power usually implies power over others, but not always. Some power is exercised privately, like doing the right thing when no one is looking. Some power is exercised in community, like voting or working together to establish a community benefit. Sometimes power means sharing power with the one person who has none.
“The exercise of power is determined by thousands of interactions between the world of the powerful and that of the powerless, all the more so because these worlds are never divided by a sharp line: Everyone has a small part of himself in both,” observes the former President of Czechoslovakia and Nobel Laureate Vaclav Havel in the essay An Orientation of the Heart.”
What keep on attracting APC Youth to Beloz’s is his personality: calm, measured, he does not get riled and speaks like a real person. This is a testament to so many things, and then some. It’s a testament to the positive power of youth, and the relationship between youth and joy. It’s proof that an emotionally inspiring leader like Beloz, by word and action, has the power to persuade the APC youth to move mountains to sustain President Koroma’s legacy — or at least go viral and resonate with the masses, spurring collective action of a life-changing variety. It’s a testament to how an APC Youth League with Beloz’s leadership will bring an abundance of empathy, love, and a willingness to band APC youth together to create peaceful positive change that resonates all around Sierra Leone and beyond for the APC and win more people over to the APC.
And it’s the testament to the unwavering, loving bond between our political father (President Koroma) and his APC sons and daughters. A father and his family.
Really, I could go on and on. But just watch…
One of the most important roles any leader can possess is the ability to execute. After all, an effective leader like Beloz would not only populate the APC Youth League with the best dreamers, but he will also provide the structure necessary to transform the dreams of the APC Youth in to reality. With Beloz as the APC Youth League President, leadership in the League is going to be an art which must be applied to produce value, not a science. It is going to be based on sound principles; and the issue will be application, not knowledge of those principles as it’s currently the case in the League. As Peter Bregman writes, ” I have never seen a leader fail because he/she didn’t know enough about leadership. In fact I can’t remember ever meeting a leader who didn’t know enough about leadership” so what is missing in the current Youth League is the characteristics Hon. Bai Mahmoud Bangura developed: the ability to skillfully and consistently apply leadership principles and concept to different or unique situations to address the welfare of the youth in the APC Youth League. And this is where Beloz will surely create the difference. Beloz has gained that knowledge from experience, common sense, policy, observing and some trainings.
Beloz good Humor and industrious sense of purpose to help others grow in a number of tangible ways has the ability to make Youth in the APC laugh, and laughter is the best medicine in politics for the potential human resources of any political party that’s facing huge youth challenges and that wants to sustain governance, but beyond laughter, can Beloz humor compel the youth of APC to do even more for the Party and make President Koroma a highly proud Statesman?
The answer is a resounding “YES!” A new ad campaign, created by the Mr. Ibrahim Yusuf “Beloz” Bangura and his team reminds us that this is true, through using a humorous narrative as a tool to target millennial men and women of the APC. Why is the campaign trying to reach women and men, aged 18-35? Because Beloz wants to encourage this demographic in the APC and restore their confidence, which dropped off in recent years as evident in the past bye elections, to register for the APC and sustain the Party in Governance in the coming transitional election.
Beloz is struck by the greater focus on Youth Talent Development of President Koroma because having such a high percentage of youth within the APC will provide people-intensive services for the country and Party. Beloz knows the truth is that investment in talent isn’t always expensive. Ninety percent of talent development is learning on the job and it’s about leaders prioritizing and delivering this. Beloz is not saying international investors get this right every time, but international investors mostly tend to invest time and resources to develop and retain great people that meet to their job at a specific time. With Beloz leadership in the APC Youth League, he could be more intentional about this by doubling up on the training and expertise needed for modern strategy and leadership development among our youth in the APC for the good of the country.