Are we the turning point generation?

May 17, 2014

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.

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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 YNaija.com; 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


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