Meet the author of the book ‘against the run Of play’

By Muyiwa Olayinka

Olusegun Adeniyi

This past few weeks, extracts of the book “Against the run of play” had been released in the print media and it has caused ripples in Nigeria’s political terrain.

The book reveals the roles played by principal politicians,  the secrets and behind the scenes in the build up to the general election of 2015.

The general election of 2015 was a turning point, in the sense that, it was the first time an incumbent President lost his election against an opposition. It is unprecedented because a sitting President has not lost an election in Nigeria, which he organised and actively participated.

The book attempts to point out the missing links to what actually happened.

He wrote a book ‘power, politics and death. I have read the book and I recommend it to many Nigerians that are inquisitive about events and the last moments of late President Umaru Yar’adua. Olusegun Adeniyi was the special adviser on media and publicity to the late President.

Olusegun Adeniyi had written many other books, he had a weekly column on Thisday newspaper and it is important to know more about the author.


The book, ‘Against the Run of Play’ authored by the Chairman of ThisDay editorial board and a former Presidential spokesman, Olusegun Adeniyi has received a lot of attention due to the relevations from the political gladiators that played crucial roles in the 2015 general elections that saw to the defeat of an incumbent President by a reformed democrat who had contested 3 times to no avail.

On Friday, April 28, the book was formally launched at the National Institute of International Affairs, Victoria Island, Lagos

Below are what you know about the author;

1.) Olusegun Adeniyi who spent his formative years in the village as his father was a farmer was born November 6 1965 in Ile-Ife, Nigeria.

2.) He bagged his Bsc certificate in International Relations from Obafemi Awolowo Univeristy, Ile-Ife before getting a Masters degree in International Law and Diplomacy (MILD) from the University of Lagos in 1997.

3.) He began his journalism career as a Staff Reporter with The Guardian Newspapers in December 1990. In April 1992, he left to join the now rested African Concord magazine as a Senior Staff Writer and in September of the same year, he was appointed the magazine’s Abuja Bureau Chief with accreditation to cover the State House.

4.) He spent the 2010/2011 academic session at the prestigious Harvard University where he was also a fellow at the Weatherhead Centre for International Affairs. He conducted his research on the factors that shape incumbent presidential elections in Africa.

5.) He joined ThisDay newspaper in January 1999 as Deputy Editor of the Saturday newspaper, rose to become editor of the Sunday THISDAY and in August 2005, he was appointed the editor of the THISDAY title paper.

6.) Late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua appointed him to be his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity on 30 May 2007.

7.) He attended the International Visitor Leadership Programme organised by the US State Department in July 2007.

8.) His other books include the Last 100 Days of Abacha; Abiola’s Travails; Fortress on Quicksand; POLITRICKS: National Assembly under Military Dictatorship and Power, Politics and Death: A front-row account of Nigeria under the late President Yar’Adua.

9.) He is married with three children.

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