Are we the turning point generation?

May 17, 2014

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.


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Chude Jideonwo

Named by Forbes as one of Africa’s 30 best entrepreneurs under 30, Chude Jideonwo’s career is centred on using the media as an active tool to galvanise a generation of Africans to action. He is Managing Partner of RedMedia Africa, owners of The Future Africa Awards Africa & Summit, Y! Africa, and; and founding Executive Director of The Future Project, which empowers young people across Africa through leadership and enterprise. In 2010, he convened friends and colleagues to hold the historic EnoughisEnough protests and co-founded EnoughisEnough Nigeria, which has become the country’s foremost good governance group for young Nigerians. A lawyer and award-winning journalist, he has a Master’s Degree in Media and Communication from the Pan-African University. He is a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum and sits on the boards of the Oando Foundation and Micosoft4Afrika.

May 17, 2014