By SaCut Amega-Etego
I didn't do politics in university. Actually, at uni, I worked as an electoral commissioner and student's Attorney -General because I was already involved in national politics.
But at polytechnic, I started politics. I first run as sports and entertainment secretary. Elikem Kotoko was my mate in C-Poly and he run for SRC President at the same time I run for sports and entertainment secretary - and he won.
I was not a sports man. And I am still not one. However I loved entertainment and I still do.
I had been involved with school radio for sometime and therefore was an entertainer of students.
It was in 2005 when I run for political office for the first time. I was very famous during the campaign. Everybody called me "SaCut TheGeneral" because of my militant apparels. It was my style.
I think I was charismatic and my gimmicks excited the students.
On the day of manifesto reading I got more fans than any candidate. Some called me JJ Rawlings. Others called me Fidel Castro. And a few called me Commandante Che Guverra - all because of my public gimmicks which I acquired naturally.
Before the elections I was more than confident of winning - fooled by the funs.
After elections, I was massively disappointed. The votes did not reflect the funs. I had to get a shave to mourn the famous defeat. My mates will testify.
The following day I was not easily identifiable on campus because of the extreme make over.
The first person I met was the dean of students. He was called Mr. Manu. He was hugely surprised to find me smiling. He said to me,
"SaCut, I was impressed with your manifesto performance and your public speaking skills. But the students didn't vote for you, yet you are smiling. You are a "cheerful looser". Keep it up".
That was the first time I heard that phrase - cheerful looser- I have never forgotten it.
But all I know is that I never gave up as a young politician just because I lost that one election in school. I have remained a politician since then.
Every politician must learn to be a cheerful looser - like me!
I love politics!