Why do many Nigerian leaders ‘change’ once in office? Will the present generation of Nigerians do any better than its predecessors? Was Occupy Nigeria indeed a failure? Do we need a ‘Nigerian Dream’? Is ‘One Nigeria’ really worth it? These are some of the difficult questions raised in this thought provoking collection of essays on the paradox that is Nigeria.
Coordinating Minister for the Economy
This book, provocative and tough, is worth the read whether you share his views or not. Chude, I’m proud of you. Keep up the good work.
This provocative collection of essays reveals the voice of young man who is deeply passionate about both his faith and his country. Jideonwo delves into the complexities of Nigeria “which has become Africa’s largest exporter of Pentecostalism and one of the biggest sources of pilgrims to Israel and Mecca,” but where the corpse of his just deceased father would not be accepted by a hospital without a police report, a report which the police would not issue without being bribed. Jideonwo, in addressing his generation of Nigerians makes the compelling argument that everyone is a change maker and challenges us to transform our frustration with the county into the motivation needed to drive the change we want to see.
I am enamoured of the giant strides your generation is making through you chude as special purpose vehicle for change and development in our great nation Nigeria…kudos
C.E.O/ Editor-in-Chief | Ventures Publishing International
Chude Jideonwo is the voice of a new Nigeria. Whether through Y! Africa/YNaija.com, The Future Awards Africa, or through this new collection of his thoughts on the future of Nigeria, he has proved to be a solid force in creating a new vision of and for this country.
Founder, LEAP Africa
Chude Jideonwo is one of the clearest and most passionate Nigerian voices screaming for change. The fact that he is young, and has been able to command a loyal following among other influential youth in his generation has further amplified this voice. Are we the turning point generation? is an excellent medium through which we can listen to Chude’s words, learn from his experiences and gain inspiration for the immense work that we must collectively embark upon to transform this nation!
As Afro pessimism dims, a constellation of stars are circling and Africa is looking brighter again. It is hoped that these would brighten the continent of Africa. Chude belongs to one of those stars.
Chairman, Heirs Holdings
Chude’s writing does not just exude strength of character, but an earnest message that resonates with hope – that tomorrow’s Nigeria will be better for all of us, if we apply ourselves today toward achieving the greater good. With this remarkable collection, Chude makes a crucial statement: that to reshape our continent, we will require thinkers, and we will require builders. He is clearly both.
This is an absorbing book. With healthy doses of cynicism and wit, the author vividly captures the essence of our collective disillusionment and the overwhelming temptation to defer the promise of our greatly endowed nation to a generation yet unborn. Yet the author succeeds marvellously in challenging us to believe in our capacity and duty to redeem our broken nation. Jideonwo makes the case, firmly and confidently, I salute the author for this compelling narrative – and hope that it will rekindle hope in his generation, and mine.
Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria.
Chude broke into national consciousness with his inspiring work at The Future Project. Since then, he has revealed other sides of his brilliance through his role in starting the Enough is Enough Nigeria coalition; establishing a media brand that sits pretty across traditional and new media spaces; extending the frontiers of The Future Project beyond Nigeria; and helping to shape national conversation with the power of his writing – on even controversial issues. With “Are we the turning point generation?”, Chude has wrapped his brilliance in timelessness and it is a gift I am personally grateful for. As he does when speaking, Chude’s words in “Are we the turning point generation?” will challenge readers to answer the central question in the affirmative – and hopefully inspire action.
Actress/UN ambassador/TIME 100 Most Influential People in the World
This is the first time I have cared enough to write a blurb. Why? Chude. I met him for the first time at the famous EnoughisEnough rally in Abuja and found out I had known him all along. This was the boss , but he acted just like everyone else. Always calm perhaps because he understands that the hardest and most important time is the preparation before getting to the ring!
With every new initiative and dream he’s birthed, I see the same qualities I noticed that first time. This man is not a joke! He knows where he’s going and he is focused in getting there. Chude is an endangered specie! I understand what that means deeply when I meet people like Chude Jideonwo. I hope Africa will not waste this gift.
Many Nigerians have created a hobby out of discussing and writing about their country’s issues. Chude belongs to that rare breed, who go beyond mere sound and fury to provide unusual insight.
It is rare to find a young person, below 30, who will commit his daysto such difficult essays for a book – fearlessly, and honestly, addressing the complexities, and contradictions, that constantly confront any Nigerian. I am deeply impressed by Chude for this excellent work. There are many that hope his generation will answer the questions that Nigeria has posed to its citizens since Independence. As this book ponders unity, faith, calamity, leadership, and his generation’s place in all this, my heart soared. It is honest about our failings – “Nigeria is not yet a great nation,” it says – but clear-eyed about our opportunities – “The next best time to plan a tree is today”. Chude has done his generation an important favor, and I know without a shred of doubt that there’s great plenty yet to come from this immensely talented and proudly Nigerian young man.
Former Director-General, Federal Inland Revenue Service
Time and again, I have found myself smile or nod ‘very well said’ to a piece Chude Jideonwo has written. His pieces are insightful, to the point and necessarily provocative. His message resonates about the role that young people – and indeed every citizen, not just in Nigeria but across the world – should play in building a responsible functioning modern society. I have never met Jideonwo, have not even heard him speak, but his voice through his essays rings loud, and clear, resonating with wisdom. His essays remind us all of the work we still need to do. His courage and modeling gives us hope that the Nigeria of our dreams is in sight, and makes us proud that the work of the generations before him have not been in vain.
I first met Chude Jideonwo through a striking email he sent me at the Ministry of Education in 2007. An exceptionally gifted person, destined for great things, he became not just my mentee but an adopted son. Chude is striking in conversation, impressive in action, but almost peerless when he writes. I (I edited out “have”) found myself reaching for the phone immediately after reading many of the essays in this book – struck by the earnestness of his thoughts, the depth of his insight and the urgency of his vision. Chude stands out amongst the growing number of his peers in their generation who are increasingly voicing out against poor governance; not merely crying in the wilderness but speaking truth to power as often as they are inspired. He is willing to stand away from the popular opinion whatever be the cost; his words made powerful by the integrity – and stubborn independence – of his voice. Chude brings great credibility to his ideas by his readiness to do; to move beyond words into action. His is a generation I am extremely excited about. And to find him at the forefront among many equals, empowers my hope that there shall indeed be a New Nigeria.
ED, Sahara Group
Chude represents what I proudly refer to as my mentors from a younger generation. I smile when they refer to me as their mentor for if only they really understand that in this fast moving, tech savvy, innovation laden world we live in today, my age mates are the mentees and the Chudes the mentors. However mentors are not merely called so by dint of age but moreso by virtue of character. It is a mentor that sees the world around them and not seeking self acclamation or positioning for recognition from peers and others, sets about doing what is right, because it is right. A mentor, is noticed by those who yearn to do what he or she does but knows they are unable to find the guts or wherewithal to do it, regardless of how much it is admired. Mentors inspire lesser mortals to be greater than they imagine themselves to be and they do so very often without recognizing that trait in themselves.
Much can be said about mentors and it is in Chude that one finds a practical expression of who a real mentor is. Here is a young man that embodies the hope and pride that is all that Nigeria can and will be. A patriot, a warrior, an entreprenuer, a leader, a friend and an ally. I could never have asked for a better mentor than Chude is and his book is just one of those vehicles that is set to make me a better Nigerian and Nigeria a better nation. Well done mentor. Really proud of you.
MD, MNET Africa
An authentic leader of his generation and beyond, Chude has clearly earned the right, to be a compass, for the present and to the future of Nigeria, a country he has proven to love dearly. These essays are a testament of his enduring love for Nigeria, in spite of repeated heartbreaks. These essays challenge us to act and to build the Nigeria not only that we want but one that our children will want to inherit from us. He is an original, an inspiration and a beacon of hope for the future of Africa. If you’ve not joined the rest of the continent in paying attention, you should start from this remarkable book