World Fellow Chude Jideonwo talks about protests, change, and what it means to be “woke” in a roundtable discussion.
With antifa fighting white supremacists with violence, and thousands of young people across the world considering the power of anger, and its many expressions, it’s time to take a breath and rethink strategies for making change happen. There are lessons to be learnt from the effective, joyful, fights waged by Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Martin Luther King Jr and Mahatma Gandhi. What can a new generation of the “woke” and the “angry” learn from their shared experiences and impact? That’s the crux of this debate.
Named by Forbes as one of Africa’s 30 best entrepreneurs under 30, Chude Jideonwo is co-founder and managing partner of RED – a Nigerian media company that inspires young Africans to take action. RED consults for global brands including Facebook, Uber and the British Council, and the company has successfully managed communication for three successful African presidential campaigns. Jideonwo’s work deploys the media to build people, communities and nations. A lawyer, Jideonwo has a master’s degree in media and communication from the Pan-African University and he is an alumnus of the Lagos Business School and the Strathmore Business School in Kenya. He has been a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum, and sits on the boards of the Oando Foundation and Microsoft 4Afrika. In 2014, he was announced winner of the CNBC All Africa Young Business Leader of the Year. He is a research fellow with the Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy. In 2016, he joined the faculty of the School of Media and Communication, Pan-Atlantic University, where he teaches journalism and corporate communication to undergraduate and post-graduate students. He is author of Are We The Turning Point Generation? and the upcoming book, How to Win Elections in Africa. From January 2018, he is transiting to a new position as leader at Joy, Inc., a revolutionary new company that integrates faith and science to help people, especially young people, find joy in their lives and in their work.