by Isi Esene
Media entrepreneur, Chude Jideonwo was on Saturday hosted by Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos, for a special book reading of the critically-acclaimed “Are We The Turning Point Generation?”
The event which was hosted by TV personality and film director, Kemi Adetiba also had marketing executive, Toni Kan anchoring the question and answer session.
In his usually engaging manner, Jideonwo spoke about the essence of the book for Nigerians who aspire to leadership, his thoughts on the readiness of young Nigerians to lead, the importance of getting involved in next year’s general elections and more.
Here are some of his memorable quotes below:
– “Nigeria has to evolve into greatness. It won’t happen overnight.”
– “Nigeria has changed radically and substantially in the past few years… people don’t seem to remember how things were.”
– “What I look out for to vote is someone who has a record system of solving problems in the past and has a track record of doing.”
– “I would vote Chime, Fayemi or Peter Obi for president any day.”
– “The book ‘Are We The Turning Point Generation?’ is my response to the many conflicts in the country.”
– Toni Kan asks the author: “What kind of leader do we need?” and Chude answers, “We need more competent people to run government. That’s all we need.”
– “If GEJ, Buhari, Atiku and Alamieyeseigha were to be contesting next year, I will still go out and vote for the least bad person.”
– “The civil war was the most radical expression of the division we have as a country.”
– “Outside of government people from my mentors like Oby Ezekwesili have made real change happen and I’m not referring to #BringBackOurGirls but with her work in education.”
– “It’s a network of leaders with competence, character and empowered citizens who hold them to account that will change Nigeria.”
Launched in April this year at a media and VIP event in Lagos, ‘Are We The Turning Point Generation?’ has toured major cities around the world including Abuja, Johannesburg, Paris, London, New York and other cities.
Called “a manifesto for all generations” by the reviewer Tolu Ogunlesi, the book is a thought provoking collection of essays on the paradox that is Nigeria.