40 Nigerians Under 40: Chude Jideonwo [3]

chude jideonwo(Born 16, march 1985) is a Nigerian lawyer, award-winning journalist and media entrepreneur. For a decade now, he has garthered key experience in all forms of traditional and new media, and has translated that practical experience into successful media campaigns; he is also recognized as a leading expert on New/Social Media and Youth lifestyles.

Above all, he has worked as an expert in development across the continent, mostly with the future project, which is focused on inspiring leadership, building entrepreneurs and innovative use of the media (traditional and new) tool for sustained social change, and which has reached millions of Nigerians, especially young people. Also known as a book reviewer, [5] his novel, His Father’s Knickers, written when he was 13, was launched in 2001 in conjunction with the National Orientation Agency and the French Cultural Centre.

Chude is also youngest recipient of the Nigeria Media Merit Award, winning for Entertainment Journalist of the Year. Other awards and nominations include the Olive Award for Media and Production, the Green Yaggy Achievement Award, the Sowambe Awards as Best Social Media Activist, Just U Award, Dynamix Awards, the Life Changers Award for Best Advocacy Campaign of the Year, and the Inside Out Role Model Award.

In 2007, he was selected as one of 101 young African Leaders by the African Business Forum; in 2009, he was selected for the US’s Government’s International Visitors Leadership Programme (IVLP) and in the same year was invited as a youth expert to the “Strategy Review and Consultative Workshop” with youth leaders ion the African Union Development Youth Corps Initiative.

He was, in May 2012 appointed the youngest member of the awards committee for the Ford Foundation Jubilee Transparency Award, alongside distinguished Nigerians like Justice Adolphus Karibi-Whyte and Rev. Fr. Mattew Kukah [6], and in July was appointed into the British Council’s Steering Group for its Creative Industries Expo.

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