Tag: Nation Builders

Fela DUROTOYE ANN Membership Speech

Good morning distinguished ladies and gentlemen and members of the press.

Today is indeed a great day … as we mark yet another critical milestone on our journey to a New Nigeria.

Let me start by thanking the National Chairman of the ALLIANCE FOR NEW NIGERIA, Dr. Jay Osi Samuels and all the national Exco members including the Director for Media and Strategy, Mr. Sam Ajayi as well as our host for today, the State Coordinator of the Lagos State Chapter of ANN, Mr. Onome Ojigbo and all the State Exco & party members for warmly welcoming us into the ANN family today.

Our hearts and prayers are with the 79 girls that have been abducted from their school (Government Girls Secondary School) in Dapchi, Yobe State on Monday, 19th February 2018. We implore the security agencies to work night & day and leave no stones unturned in rescuing each and everyone of these precious daughters and sisters of ours and to return them home safely.

One day in the New Nigeria, abductions & kidnappings of this nature would only be read about in the dark chapters of our history books.

My fellow brothers & sisters,

13 years ago, my heart was infused with a vision of a NEW NIGERIA and I received a mandate to raise a generation of nation builders that will build Nigeria into the most desirable nation to live in & work in …

  • a most desirable nation to do business in and do business with …
  • a nation where everything works and everyone is gainfully employed …
  • a nation where everyone is productively and passionately working to make things work …
  • a nation where people live in peace & harmony and are secure in every part of the country regardless of where they are from or where they were born.

This great generation of nation builders of every tribe and tongue … of every religious creed … men and women, boys and girls from every hamlet, village, town and city across the length and breadth of our nation across the entire spectrum of our society … all infused with a similar set of values & committed to a lifestyle of leadership and excellence as they seek to build Nigeria into the most desirable nation to live in.

For this cause, each one of us … nation builders commit to:

  1. MAKE A POSITIVE IMPACT on everyone we meet and everywhere we go.
  2. BE A SOLUTION PROVIDER and not a part of the problem to be solved.
  3. BE A ROLE MODEL worthy of emulation.
  4. BE OUR BEST IN ALL WE DO particularly the things we are naturally good at.
  5. DO THE RIGHT THING AT ALL TIMES regardless of who is doing the wrong thing.
  6. VALUE TIME and make the best use of it.
  7. CARE & SHOW RESPECT TO ALL through our words and actions.
  8. CONSCIOUSLY BUILD A GREAT LEGACY starting now, today and everyday.

We accept to be ambassadors of our generation and commit to build our beloved Nigeria into a nation we will be happy to retire into and proud to carry the identity of by Wednesday, December 31st 2025.

I dream of this New Nigeria every day and my HEART burns with this dream daily.

13 years ago, the New Nigeria became my life’s top priority. Practically every meeting over the past decade has been FOCUSED on planning projects & programs aimed at actualizing this vision. .

I pray about it always. I think about it always. I talk about it always. And my HANDS are committed to building that New Nigeria everyday.

Over the last 13 years, I have committed my life and resources to doing all I can to build that New Nigeria that would be the most desirable Nation to live in by December 31, 2025.

From nation building projects like Mushin Makeover (which was recorded as the largest non-governmental urban renewal project in Africa’s history), to raising the standard of education in our schools and higher institutions through several projects & initiatives including Project RAISE & authoring of the now best-selling book, 17 Secret of High Flying Student, to helping our young people across our nation Deliver The Future and most importantly championing the largest non-governmental Values Infusion project through the 10 lifestyle personal creed that has now been endorsed and actively promoted by a multitude of Nigerians across all gender, tribe, social class or religious affirmation as well as several professional associations including the Association of Private Educators of Nigeria (APEN) and the Mortgage Bankers of Nigeria (MBAN) to mention a few.

All the work we’ve done over the past decade has been in recognition of the great potential of our country and the undeniable blessing that have been divinely bestowed upon us in the abundance of natural & mineral resources, but most importantly in the abundance of human resources as we have been blessed to be the largest collection indomitable, indefatigable, innovative & inventive people …  indeed the world’s largest black nation.

All of these blessings affirm our potential to be one of the greatest countries in the world, but that potential is also a challenge to our generation to work hard to actualize our potential & to be all that we can be, do all that we can do & possess all that we can have as a truly great nation.

However, I have come to the conclusion that Good Governance is critical for any nation to accomplish its full potential. Infact, without good governance every other good work carried out by its citizens would ultimately be like pouring water into a basket and is therefore not sustainable.

This is why it became important for us to set up the  RUNNING FOR A NEW NIGERIA platform, where we galvanize a critical mass of people who would participate in the governance process either by VOTING or BEING VOTED FOR at the 2019 General Elections & beyond.

In line with the Values I hold dear, one of which is to “BE A ROLE MODEL WORTHY OF EMULATION”, I had to decide to get involved in the political arena rather than staying on the sidelines and only challenging others to go in.

It is my hope that as I step unto the political scene, many more of our brightest & best will arise to heed our nation’s clarion call to contest for elective offices, win the elections, and most importantly collectively deliver good governance to our nation.

But the real question for every Nation Builder who has a love for their country & heart for the people and who, like me, aspires to serve their nation through elective office in the 2019 General Election is, ‘What kind of party offers us the unfettered access to actualize our aspiration to serve our people?’

Whilst it is true that some of these old known parties may have formidable grassroots structures, I strongly doubt that these old parties with their old ideology will have the capacity to birth a New Nigeria.

I simply cannot see how a New Nigeria with a culture of excellence and meritocracy can emerge from political parties that place higher value on God-fatherism & a selection process that stifles the aspiration of visionary leadership, but promotes the emergence of rulers that subdue & oppress the will of the people & seeks to preserve the special interest of power brokers over the general interest of the populace.

This system, produces a brigand of rulers who seek to divide & rule a united people on the basis of our ethnic diversities & our religious beliefs … they  impoverish the people so that their votes can be bought with a few hundreds of naira at the general elections with the money stolen from our commonwealth.

To these rulers, our generation serves notice, we will no longer be ruled. We have been ruled for the last 57 years, and have not fulfilled our potential as a nation. This generation is determined to choose real leaders that are committed to serve the common interest of our people and protect our common wealth.


To build the Nigeria of our dreams would require exceptional candidates who would emerge from a pool of excellent & credible aspirants chosen by the people to represent them at the general elections. This would require a free, fair & transparent internal democratic process which even the prominent members of the established parties claim to be missing within their political party structure as they cross carpet from party to party seeking more favorable outcomes from the same flawed system that I have called selectocracy.

In my opinion, selectocracy is the root-cause of all the ills of our society from the erratic power supply after spending billions of investment to our pot-hole ridden roads that have become death trap to several members of our families & friends. Selectocracy is at the root of our hospitals without healthcare and schools without education. It is because of selectocracy that we have teachers that cannot pass the examinations they set for the children.

Selectocracy is responsible for the lawmakers who throw chairs at each other & wield maces but insist on being called honorable. Selectocracy is the reason why one of the largest producing nation is also one of the largest importers of refined petroleum products.

Selectocracy is the reason why millions of nairas disappear into the bellies of snakes & monkeys.

Therefore it is clear to me that whatever political structure would deliver the promise of a new nigeria must have a contrary internal democratic culture to those that the existing political structure values.

And so, over the last few months, I have researched into several political parties to determine if their ideologies, vision and values resonate with mine.

During this search, I looked out for parties with:

  • Free and fair internal democratic processes that is open and transparent.
  • Where every member (not just delegates) has the right to vote for their candidates amongst the aspirants.
  • A Party with a clear ideology, vision for the nation and values system that guides the conduct of its members/executives.
  • A Party where delegates only go to represent the voter outcomes of the members at the convention (and can not be bribed, coerced or influenced to change the mandate of the members at the convention).
  • A Party that makes it impossible for the emergence of ‘godfathers’ who can choose who can aspire & run and who should ‘wait for your turn’.
  • A Party without candidacy zoning. A party where everyone (no matter where you are from) can run & every member can choose their candidates based on capacity to deliver on promise and lead the people into the future we all desire.
  • A Party with the ability to build an effective national structure that connects with the aspirations of every Nigerian across region or religion, across ethnic or gender, across social class, city or village, from diaspora to grass-root.

I am glad to announce that one party has resonated more with me than any other in sharing common ideology, principles and a truly democratic internal political process that is open to all to aspire…

A party that provides a level playing field for the best candidates to emerge at all levels for Legislative & Executive offices. THAT PARTY IS THE ALLIANCE FOR NEW NIGERIA.

And today 22nd of February 2018, I have formalized my membership with the ALLIANCE FOR NEW NIGERIA (ANN) & become a member of this great party.

I believe it is safe to say that I have found my political home, which I truly believe would be a HOME FOR ALL NATION BUILDERS.

ANN is a party founded by Professionals & technocrats with great political insight & wisdom required to build a formidable nationwide grass-root movement within the next 12 months & beyond.

It is my desire that each and everyone will like I have done decide to step in the political arena & go beyond just registering to vote but also becoming a member of a Political Party where you WOULD HAVE VOTING RIGHTS, ABILITY TO CHOOSE YOUR OWN CANDIDATES AMONGST THOSE ASPIRING FOR OFFICE AND WHERE YOUR POTENTIAL ASPIRATIONS CANNOT BE STIFLED BY ANY GOD FATHER.

I strongly believe that our involvement in the political arena either as a member or aspirant within a political party would strongly enhance our ability to deliver good governance for the New Nigeria.

As you thoroughly consider the various political parties, I’ll like to recommend for your favorable consideration the Alliance for a New Nigeria. I want you to join ANN not just because I asked you to, but only if the Party Ideology resonates with yours as it does with mine.

You can check out the party & also join online via this link: www.alliancefornewnigeria.org

Ladies & Gentlemen, we have just 12 months to the 2019 General Elections and we only have enough time to ACT QUICKLY, so let’s make each day count.

Now is the time to get involved.

Now is the time to decide the political destiny of our nation.

It is time to choose our future over our past…

Our generation must accept the responsibility to birth a New Nigeria, a nation where everyone has the opportunity to find work has they make things work.

A New Nigeria that we would all be proud of & be proud to call home.

A New Nigeria that our generation would be glad to retire into & the next generation would be grateful to inherit from us.

It is time to forge a formidable alliance for a New Nigeria & I strongly believe ANN is that party that will help our generation facilitate & align our strength, resources & political will.

IT IS OUR TIME… And together, we will deliver the future.

God Bless You all.

God Bless our Alliance For New Nigeria.

And May God Bless our Federal Republic of Nigeria.


Together, we will Deliver The Future

The future of Nigeria is everything we can be, but have not yet become…  It’s all we can do, but have not yet done… It’s everything we can have, but have not yet possessed.

The future of Nigeria is what it can and must become … a most desirable nation to live, work, invest and do business in and with.

Clearly, it is time to Deliver The Future of our great nation but in the words of John Legend, “The Future started yesterday. We are already late.”

Sign up with Team FD today, and let us join hands together to Deliver The Future.

Nigeria 2025 is not a national cake we hope to all share, its a cake we must be ready to bake” – Fela Durotoye



A Nation Builder beyond words

Action speaks louder than words.

A nation is not defined by its borders or the boundaries of its land mass. Rather a nation is defined by people from diverse Cultural, Ethnic, Religious & Social backgrounds who have been unified by a noble cause and a set of values that form the basis for common unity (community) in understanding what is right & wrong, what is good & bad, what is acceptable & unacceptable. When people share common values, they become brothers & sisters regardless of where they are from.

When people share a common vision, they become focused on their unified future rather than their diversified past.

For more than a decade, Fela Durotoye has worked to inspire a generation to believe in the vision for a New Nigeria & to commit to a set of Values that unite Nigerians beyond their cultural diversities.

Fela has used his mastery of words to inspire action that has resulted in the transformation of the lives of people, organizations & nation states.

His mission is to build people into superachievers and responsible leaders, build corporate organizations into global market leaders and responsible corporate citizens as well as assist governments in developing blueprints and programs that create a desirable environment for their people to do great things.


FD is renowned for history making on the national and global stage. Over the past decade, Fela Durotoye has built a track record of National Transformation projects, many of which are so bold and audacious; near impossible tasks.

For instance, in December 2009, he championed the largest urban renewal project in Nigeria’s history known as MUSHIN MAKEOVER. Fela mobilized over 2,000 volunteers to paint 296 houses, 3 kilometers of road median and over 20 bus stops across 7 streets of the Mushin suburb of Lagos in one day and AT NO CHARGE to the owners and resident of the buildings.

The effort was seen as one of the largest community development project with no government funding but which was accomplished through individual donations and corporate sponsorship as well as the endorsement and physical involvement of many of the nation’s celebrities (Music stars and Nollywood actors), entrepreneurs, professionals, law-makers, students as well as the notorious ‘area boys’, all of who collaborated in an unprecedented way to bring about community transformation.

In the course of the Mushin Makeover project, over 100 unemployed youths were trained by Berger Paints PLC in ‘The Art & Technique of Painting’. Today, they have become vibrant painters and are able to earn a living as a result of the Mushin Makeover project.

On the 24th of November 2012, FD organized the epoch making GEMSTONE GLOBAL READING FESTIVAL where over 12,000 students spread across 18 state capitals in Nigeria as well as in 9 countries across Africa, Europe and the USA all read out aloud in their various locations selected sections of Fela’s book (17 Secrets of High Flying Students) at the exact same moment in time (across several time zones).

This was the first-ever simultaneous global reading of a book – “17 Secrets of High Flying Students” in 17 cities in Nigeria and 17 countries across the world at the same moment in time (via live streaming). The reading was done simultaneously, taking into account, the different time zones of each reading centre.

Also in  November 2012, Fela broke the world record for “autographing the largest number of books by one author” when he autographed non-stop 10,000 copies of his book in one-seating over a period of 8 hours and 43 minutes.

In 2014, the Deliver The Future Project was founded when FD embarked on a leadership and personal transformation tour of tertiary institutions such as University of Ibadan, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Benson Idahosa University etc.

The aim of the DTF tour is to leave its trail in academic excellence by encouraging the academic and non-academic staff of schools to improve the standard of communication and process of knowledge transfer to create a more conducive learning environment in tertiary institutions.

Perhaps Fela’s most significant contribution to Nation Building is the VALUE SYSTEM which he developed and is currently being endorsed and actively promoted by over 30,000 Nigerians across all gender, tribe, social class or religious affirmation. The 10 Values have now been articulated into a PERSONAL CREED and is being adopted by individuals, organizations, professional associations (such as Association of Private Educators of Nigeria, the Nigerian Institute of Mechanical Engineers and the Mortgage Bankers Association of Nigeria), and more recently government agencies and parastatals.

In 2014, the government of Anambra state formally endorsed & adopted the 10 Values for the citizens and civil service of the state. Also in November 2014, the government of Lagos state trained 500 of its top civil servants across all ministries & agencies on the 10 Values.

The VALUES INFUSION project is the largest non-governmental effort at reorienting the citizens of a nation and integrating a value system into our nation’s consciousness in recent times.


Fela has won several national and international awards for his leadership development and nation building activities including the prestigious Nigerian Achievers Award in 2009. In recognition of his contributions to the field of Human Resource Consulting, he was honoured with the “Excellence in Human Resource Consulting Award” by NIPRO, a body of Nigerian Professionals based in the United Kingdom and the United States of America, at their global convention in Miami, Florida in December 2004.

Also in July 2005, he was awarded the most prestigious Award of Excellence, by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPMN), in recognition of his excellence and professionalism in extending knowledge frontiers in Human Resource Management.

Others awards include, Nigerian Achievers Award Institute (NAAI), Fly Network Africa Integrity Award, City People Award and Role Model Award by the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC).

In 2006, he received the Heart of Africa Award by the Federal Ministry of Information and Communication in recognition of his efforts towards building a new Nigeria.

In 2011, Fela Durotoye was recognized by the Universal Peace Federation and the Youth Federation for World Peace as a United Nations Young Ambassador For Peace.

In 2017, Fela received an Honorary Award from The African Young Entrepreneurs network in recognition of his efforts towards advancing youth enterprise and nation building in Africa and particularly in Nigeria.


Purpose. Passion. Mission. Values

Fela Durotoye Loves Nigeria. He believes in a New Nigeria. And his undying passion for Nigeria has over the years earned him the pet name Mr. Nigeria.

Sometimes, it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom

– Nelson Mandela –

Fela believes that our generation has been chosen for greatness. A great generation delivers a better nation to his children than the one that it inherited from its parents.

According to Fela Durotoye, “No generation would be judged by what it inherited from its parents, but every generation will be held to account for the nation it bequeaths to the next generation. Regardless of what state Nigeria is in today, providence calls upon our generation to build a New Nigeria that we would be proud to deliver to our children and they would be grateful to inherit from us.”

Nations are like houses, and just as houses are built by plumbers, carpenters, mason, painters etc., nations also must be built by Nation Builders who do four things that can be summarized as ABCD…Accept, Believe, Commit, and Deliver.

  • Accept responsibility: For too long, we have abdicated the responsibility of nation building to others in government, foreign donors and investors, and even the United Nations. We have passed on the duty of making Nigeria great to the hands of a few people who have shown to us over and over again that their interests lie in their own progress and not that of the nation or its people. It is therefore time to change that method. Albert Einstein once said that it is foolishness to do the same things the same way and expect a different result. If things must change, then we must be the ones to change it.  The New Nigeria must be built by us. We must no longer neglect the responsibility of building our nation. Indeed, we must accept the responsibility to build the walls of our beloved Nigeria again.
  • Believe in its Potential & Possibilities: For the rest of the world, seeing is believing, but for us believers, we believe with our hearts and then we see with our eyes. We must believe in the potential greatness of our nation and our generation’s capacity to birth that greatness.
  • Commit to making it happen: We must be ready to commit our time, energy, resources and God-given talents to the manifestation of God’s will for Nigeria. Commitment always requires sacrifice. Therefore we must be willing to give all that it takes to the birth of this new Nigeria. Beyond this, we must be willing to commit our hearts to a set of VALUES that will guide our thoughts, decisions, words and actions. We must commit to live a lifestyle of leadership and excellence and to do all within our power to transform Nigeria into the most desirable nation to live in.
  • Deliver the future: The future is not a time zone yet to come. The future is not a date on the calendar yet to be revealed. The future is everything we can be as a people but have not yet become. The future is everything we can do but have not yet done. The future is everything we can have but have not yet possessed. The future of Nigeria is not in 2025. The future of Nigeria is in us and we must deliver the future of our great Nigeria by Wednesday December 31st, 2025.

Fela’s purpose is to raise a generation of Nation Builders who would be committed to building Nigeria into a most desirable Nation to live in.

Through the platform of his Leadership Network, Fela mentors tens of thousands of aspiring, emerging, renowned leaders in business, politics, religion & education.

Leaders on the Fela Durotoye Leadership Network (FDLN) are committed to the New Nigeria Vision 2025 & to a personal creed of the ten (10) lifestyle statements namely:

  1. MAKE A POSITIVE IMPACT on everyone we meet and everywhere we go.
  2. BE A SOLUTION PROVIDER and not a part of the problem to be solved.
  3. BE A ROLE MODEL worthy of emulation.
  4. BE OUR BEST IN ALL WE DO, particularly the things we are naturally good at.
  5. DO THE RIGHT THING AT ALL TIMES regardless of who is doing the wrong thing.
  6. VALUE TIME and make the best use of it.
  7. CARE AND SHOW RESPECT to all through our words and actions.
  8. CONSCIOUSLY BUILD A GREAT LEGACY starting now, today and everyday.


FD’s mission is to teach them how to live a lifestyle of Leadership & Excellence for Accelerated Development (L.E.A.D) in their personal & professional life as they together build Nigeria into a most desirable nation to live in.