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.