In line with our goal to encourage open and honest expression among the youth of today, part of what we do is churn out content that is not only unique and engaging for our readers, but also relevant in helping them think about – and understand – social issues. To do this (again), we have put together a series titled, “Leaders of No-Morrow: The Hopes, Possibilities and Realities of Nigeria.”
In the wake of one of the toughest years for Nigeria economically, we at TNC recognise that there is a wave of discouragement and discontent concerning the state of the nation. For many of us, the realisation that we are no longer just the leaders of tomorrow – that, in fact, tomorrow has arrived – is only just hitting us, and the responsibility that brings, coupled with the challenges that come with living in Nigeria, is particularly daunting.
As the premiere platform synonymous with open and honest expression, we realise there’s no better time than now to remind ourselves of the potential and the hope that still thrives powerfully in the heart of today’s youth, even as we recognize the harsh realities that we’ll have to plough through in order to make a difference.
Our hope is that this series will open up a new perspective on the state of our nation and spark new conversations about creative ways to explore the potential of our country. We have also partnered with The Guardian to further amplify these voices.
Contributors to the series include:
Adenrele Sonariwo (Art)
Adenrele is an accomplished, Art Entrepreneur with over 10 years of experience working in the Art & Creative Industry. She holds a Masters of Fine Art – Academy of Art University San Francisco, CA. She is currently a Gallerist and Art Curator in Lagos, Nigeria, founder and director of Rele Art Gallery, Onikan Lagos.
Chude Jideonwo (Content and Publishing)
Named by Forbes as one of Africa’s 30 best entrepreneurs under 30, Chude Jideonwo is Managing Partner of Red Media Africa (RED) – which owns the continent’s largest portfolio of youth media brands. RED’s brands include The Future Africa Awards Africa, Y! Africa and YNaija.com.
Seyi Taylor (Technology)
Seyi is the CEO & co-founder of Big Cabal Media – a company building the next generation of media brands for Africa. Big Cabal is the company behind Zikoko.com, TechCabal.com and EbolaFacts.com. Prior to Big Cabal, Seyi started one of Nigeria’s first online ad networks.
Eromo Egbejule (The Language of the Youth)
Eromo is a Nigerian writer and journalist whose stories have been published in various platforms including The Guardian, Reuters, Africa Check and The Africa Report. He has reported from conflict zones including ebola-hit Liberia and Boko Haram-ravaged North East Nigeria.
Ronke Adeola (Fashion)
Ronke is the Project Manager of the Fashion Business Series – a platform that aims to create dialogue between those in the fashion and textiles sector, relevant government stakeholders and key members of financial services community.
Funmi Ogunlusi (Relationships)
Funmi is the Editor In Chief at The Naked Convos Nigeria. She also enjoys working in TV development, which means she gets paid to make stuff up. She is a huge fan of pounded yam, entirely obsessed with Game of Thrones.
Naz Onuzo (Film)
One of the founders of Inkblot Productions, Naz is the writer/producer of The Arbitration as well as Inkblot’s first two features, The Department and Out of Luck. Naz also served as Executive Producer on the Inkblot co-production, The Wedding Party. In addition to working with Inkblot, Naz is a private equity professional.
Joachim MacEbong (Sports)
Joachim’s interests range from politics, technology, economics and sport, and he has written for a number of publications over the last 5 years, including The Naked Convos. He is currently the Conversations Editor at YNaija, and is an avid runner.
Mark Amaza (Social Media and Politics)
Mark runs MINDcapital, a branding, strategy and PR firm based in Abuja. He is also a writer and has written for Quartz Africa, African Arguments, YNaija.com, etc. His articles have been published in national dailies such as ThisDay, Nigerian Tribune, and many others.
Omotola Ajibade (Culture)
Omotola is a medical doctor based in the United States. In his very rare spare time, he acts, sings, writes as a columnist at The Naked Convos Nigeria and immerses himself in the art of photography.
The series will run here between the 12th and 16th of December. Join the conversion on social media with the #LNMSeries hashtag.