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This is the Time for Nigeria

This Is The Time For Nigeria

Nigeria has a population of 200 million people and a greater proportion of people in poverty now than India has. The system is broken because of poor leadership, rulers who dominated the political landscape for over 30 years, weak institutions and a population that has lost a lot of hope. One of the diplomats observed at the dinner (with Board of Foundation members in Abuja on 18 October 2018) that people don’t protest anymore because they don’t think anything will change. Many are Christians or Muslims but don’t think they have any agency or power.

Thirty-five per cent finish secondary school, and only five per cent of the population goes to university. The moral fibre of this five per cent is really, really critical and there is the need to have ethics and critical thinking in every course and study programme. Strong leadership, leading by example, creating an alternative narrative is very important. Lagos Business School creates an oasis of sanity.

As the famous quote goes, “If not now, when? If not us, who?” The truth is that we have the power to change now; this is the time for Nigeria.

Ndidi Nwuneli, Nigerian entrepreneur, co-founder of LEAP Africa and Board member, made this reflection at the opening of the Board of Foundation meeting in Abuja, Nigeria on Friday 19 October 2018.
Ndidi Nwuneli, Board MemberNdidi Nwuneli Board Member