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Temitope Folaranmi

Temitope Folaranmi holds a Master in Public Policy from the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford. With a background in public health and medicine, Temitope Folaranmi came to BSG after having worked within the healthcare sector in Nigeria.

An alumnus of the inaugural MPP class of 2012, he now works as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in the Meningitis and Vaccine Preventable Disease branch of the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. His team is dedicated to the prevention and control of meningitis, pertussis, and other bacterial vaccine preventable diseases.

While the Global Commission report on Deepening Democracy provides insightful recommendations on strategies for improving electoral integrity, we must remember that elections are just one step in the democratic process. Certain precursors need to be made right in order to make the report’s recommended strategies achievable. Having lived in Nigeria and experienced the democratic process there, I am of the opinion that one vital measure needed to strengthen its nascent democracy is to drastically reduce the excessive financial incentives that accompany political positions. The quest for political leadership must be guided by a passion to lead and make changes. Sadly, these are noble incentives overshadowed by the “what is in for me?” mentality of personal gratification that has eaten deep into the fabric of the country’s political space.