Tag: Nation Builders

Deliver The Future

Before I address you, and I know that you are mostly also workers, please permit me to speak to the fact that we are all celebrating workers  across Nigeria, and my message is to every worker, especially to those who work long hours with little or no sleep.

To those who wake up at 4a.m., so they can leave their homes by 4:30 a.m. to beat the rush hour traffic.

To every mum who gets back home late and is unable to kiss her children good night and leaves home too early to get them prepared for school.

And to every entrepreneur; whether they are in offices or on the internet or on the roads; who against all odds have proven that they are tougher than the toughest environment can deter them.

To everyone who, despite scarce resources, still choose to be resourceful with the little that they have.

I celebrate all workers out there.

You are the true heroes of our economy, it is because of you that Nigeria is still working as much as it can.

I declare today before you and before God that you are not lazy, you are working hard.

I know that sadly, the unemployment rate is currently estimated at 18.8% and 1 out every 3 young persons is unemployed. The remaining two are painfully employed, one out of these two may be gainfully employed; However, I look forward to a New Nigeria where all would be joyfully employed.

We can make this happen, because the truth is,  people need not just accolades they also need assurances, much more than job security, young people in school need assurances that they would get  jobs when they finally go through burning their midnight oils and reading those long and thick textbooks graduates need to know that they would get  jobs, entrepreneurs need to know that the graduates that will make up the workforce have enough life skills and right work ethics  to drive their businesses in the right direction.

We must, however, understand that all of these things are the challenges we are facing today. I have spent the last 25 years of my life as a management consultant and a leadership expert, trying to help people succeed in their careers, as well as starting and growing their businesses. I know most of you may not even know that this is what I do, because much of what is said about what I do, is borne out of their personal experiences of me in public. It is often said that Fela Durotoye is a motivational speaker, some of you may have also heard that he is an inspirational speaker; this one I like, while others say he is a transformational speaker. As a matter of fact, the most recent one of all  these is that he is a revolutionary speaker, and every time I get to meet the ladies I hear my most favorite description of me; he his Tara’s husband.

However, I really like to define myself as a Nation builder, when people ask me who a nation builder is and what a nation builder does, I tell them that there are 4 characteristics that define who a nation builder is; a nation builder is someone who accepts responsibility for the well-being of their nation, not just their personal well-being or their family’s well-being. This means that you are a nation builder, when no matter how well you are doing, if your nation is not doing well, you still think you are not doing well enough. A nation Builder believes not only in the greatness of the nation but also in the capacity to birth that greatness; that our generation can be the one to fix Nigeria, that we do not have to pass on that responsibility to our children, that is what nation builders do.

Nations builders commit their scarce resources, their valuable time, their network and their net-worth. They commit everything they have in order to deliver the future of a Nation. May I be obliged to say that the future of any nation, is not just a time zone that is yet to come, it is not a date yet to be revealed on the calendar, rather the future of any nation is everything that nation can do and is not yet done, it is everything that nation can be but is yet to become, it is everything the people of that nation can have but they are yet to possess. So let me put it in a very simple way, the future of any nation, indeed the future of Nigeria is not ahead of us, it is already inside of us. That is why I did not say walk into the future, I said deliver the future. The future of Nigeria is inside you, the future of the Nigeria that my kids will live in is inside you, and the future of the Nigeria that your kids will live in, is inside me; for the sake of my children, I beg of you, deliver the future, and I promise you that for the sake of your children I make you my covenant that I will deliver the future.

We must deliver a great future, because we have a legacy of greatness as a nation, if any of you has ever watched the video of the 1961 visit of our then Prime Minister, Alhaji Tafawa Balewa, to the United States soon after our independence, you would know that we have a legacy of greatness, and if you have never seen the video, I beg of you Google it. It is a USIS video, many people would cry when they watch it, some people would be challenged, but almost everyone would be moved to tears. We have a legacy of greatness; we have been a great nation once even if many people challenge the fact that we are a great nation today.

It was in this great nation that I was born in 1971 and as things became  very interesting for our nation, I began to get very angry at the decision of my parents to bring me back to Nigeria from Canada 7 months into my being conceived.. So I was conceived in Toronto Canada and I was received in Oluyole Ibadan, as a matter of fact my mother said that my father told her the story of a dream he had and in that dream he woke up and said we have to take this one home, he told my mother that it was a boy, when they hadn’t even done a scan. I wonder what kind of dream it must have been, maybe I can requalify that, what kind of nightmare that must have been, that it would have made my father deceive my mum, I don’t know what it is. But for many years I used to think that my father didn’t like me much, and you have to understand that my father didn’t really think he was doing me any injustice when  I was born, 1971 statistics would show you that on March 24, 1971, 1 Nigerian Pound exchanged for 3 US Dollars, so you would need 300 US Dollars to buy 100 Nigerian Pounds, but as time went by, certain things began to happen,  by the time I was 5 years old in 1976, 1 Nigeria Naira was now exchanging for 1 US Dollar 33 cents, meaning that you would still need  133 Dollars to buy 100 Naira. However,  something happened, and within a matter of 30 years, and I can share a few of my thoughts on about what I think happened,  in March 24, 2006, 1 US Dollar was exchanging for 133 Naira, within 10 years, on the same day March 24, 2016, 331 Naira is required to buy 1 US Dollar; so what could have happened in these years;  I would say to you that in 1976,  as a child of a lecturer living in a small 3 bedroom bungalow, where there was no special treatment for anyone, it was my first experience of the fact that there would be a power outage,  and I remember my mum saying repeatedly, stay where you are before she could finishing saying this about 5 or 6 times, electricity was restored as we did not have a generator then. We were not any special, no special treatment, this was the norm for everyone, because at that time, Nigeria was a nation that worked, but as we lost electric power, we lost the value in our currency, then we started losing good businesses; anybody here remembers Bata shoes, Learneds, Okin foods, Okin biscuits, KDK electronics.

As we lost businesses, we started to lose value in our currency, enterprise transformed from people who you could see the works of their hands, and all of a sudden we started seeing people driving big cars without having  big businesses, but we were also losing the value for education, and as we lost education in our schools,  we lost our value as a people , we went from a nation that knew what was right from what was wrong and chose to do what was right, to a nation who knew what was wrong and soon drifted to call it alright; and we know that the word alright is a combination of two words, altered-right, it is wrong but it is okay; Now we have gone  to another dimension where we   now started to label the things that  used to be right as though they were wrong and punish people for it. And as we lost our values , we  lost value in our currency, you remember that I mentioned what the value of our currency was in 1971, in 1976, in 2006 and in 2016, but I’d like to think to myself that whilst you may not be able to change your past, your future has no right to catch you by surprise, so the real big question that I have come to ask you today is  what would the value of the Nigerian Naira be against the dollar or any other currency in 2026? Now, some people are going to say I don’t know, others may begin to hum Que sera sera. Que sera sera doesn’t say anything, and whatever will be is not what will be, but it is what you permit that persists, so it is what you make that it would be.

Let us be very clear, that whilst we may not be responsible for the nation we inherited from our parents, our parents would not be responsible for the nation that our children inherit from us, that responsibility is solely ours, and we are soon running out of theatrics, we are soon running out of 80 year olds, who will be to blame for the things that happen to us, soon we would be the 50 year olds, the 60 year olds and the 70 year olds, and we would soon be the ones that have to look at ourselves without holding a mirror, because there comes a time in everyone’s life, where you would not be able to afford the  luxury of self-deceit and the question your children and maybe your grandchildren will ask you  is not how  we got here, but what you did to get us here. That is why we must have an answer, and that answer is essentially what this whole conference is about, it is about being able to answer your grandchildren when they ask you how  this happened, but more importantly what  you did to get us here. Whatever your answer is, it will be because you got involved, because you have to remember that this thing called the human race is not a race between the Caucasians and the Asians, nor a race between a dark skinned person and the light skinned person; the human race is a relay race, and every generation must be willing to run their race and understand that there comes a point where you must be able to pass the baton  to the next generation It seems to me that many people are already running overtime, and I believe that our nation stipulates that the retirement age for those who would be in public service is 60 years old, so it is very difficult for me to understand when a man who is over 70 years old  is trying to run for the same elective office  a 47 years old person is running for. I don’t know how it is to be said that you are truly an advocate for youth employment.

But every generation has a choice to make, they can choose to either be a wasted generation or they can choose to be a great generation; now a wasted generation is any generation that hands over a disadvantage to the next generation, and says it’s now up to you to fix it; a wasted generation enjoys constant power supply and then hands over power generators to the next generation; a wasted generation knocks out water from its taps,  knocks out education from its school, and therefore does not want its own children to go to the same schools that prepares it for leadership;, a wasted generation knocks out safety from its roads, so that Nigeria is currently ranked 191 out of 192 countries for safety of roads. There is only one nation that has more unsafe roads than us, but don’t forget that we have also been ranked, under the world’s international security and police index, as the country with the worst police force  in the world. 10.5 million Children are currently out of school, rather than finding schools for them, we blame them for not going to school, maybe not all of us blame them, but someone blames them for not going to school. Today, 300,000 children are out of school in Benue State not because they do not want to go to school but because of the herdsmen attack.

Today, Nigeria has 1 doctor to 6000 patients whereas the world’s average is 1 doctor to 600 patients. We have inherited a nation that isn’t working, but that is not a good enough reason for us to bequeath a nation that does not work to the next generation, so my question is this; in 2019, as we must make up our minds today, we are going to ask ourselves, are we going to be a wasted generation? So if we are not going to be a wasted generation, the only option we have is to be a great generation, and I like the way Nelson Mandela said it, he said “sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great, you be that great generation, but now the responsibility is upon you to let your greatness blossom…” So what is a great generation? A great generation is one that hands over an advantage to the next generation; a great generation is one that solves problems for the next generation;, it doesn’t only solve its own problems for its own generation, it also teaches the next generation how to solve their own problems, so you don’t pass problems to the next generation, you pass solutions and problem solving techniques, problem solving institutions and problem solving systems. That is what you teach the next generation. They would have problems of their own, don’t burden them with your problems solve your generation’s problems. So our children need not know what power generators sound like, because that is our problem to solve, our children must understand that candles are lit only at romantic dinners, our children must understand the love for knowledge that is passed on by teachers who care and love them. That is our generation’s problem to solve, our children must not know what it means to have to go abroad for good health care, who goes abroad in the United States? Who goes abroad in Britain? Who goes abroad in India? Our children also must understand that there is a nation to be inherited and that they must be very proud of.

Now, I tell you no lie I am a proud Nigerian, but it is not easy to be proud, I want to see a Nation that would make it easier for our children to carry our Green International passports. When they present it on the shores of any nation, the people welcome them as Nigerians. Every time a people go from a less developed nation to a more developed nation they are only called immigrants, but when people go from a more developed nation to a less developed nation they are called expatriates, regardless of how little they know. So, we must stop shipping out our best and brightest minds and stop training them in British curriculum schools. Where have you heard in Britain that there is a Nigerian curriculum school, have you ever heard of a Nigerian curriculum school in America, we must develop the Nigerian curriculum to become a world-class curriculum, so that there is no British curriculum, so that the Nigerian curriculum would prepare a Nigerian child to succeed in any country that they go into. And I can go on and on but time does not permit me, you know the dreams you have for Nigeria, your dreams are the same as mine, they are the same as anybody else’s’. Whether they are rich or poor, people want a nation where they can feel safe in whichever part of the nation that they are in, people want constant power supply, electricity should not be a prayer point, ‘Father Lord in the Name of Jesus as we get home let there be light’  people should not be scared of falling sick, they shouldn’t want to fall sick, but they shouldn’t be scared of falling sick; but if we are going to build that great nation, we as a great generation must accept, believe, commit and deliver it. And in accepting responsibility to birth that great nation. I want to share with you 3 things I believe that are very critical, that you and I must hold very dear in our hearts;

Number 1

We must desire the type of generation we want to give to the next generation, meaning we must want it, in fact we must need it, a great nation is not a nice thing to have, it is a need  to have  You and I were born in Nigeria to fix Nigeria, the decision to have you born in Nigeria was not because of some kind of intercourse between your father and your mother, and if you doubt that sexual activity does not produce children, ask any parent that has been waiting for years, you would know it is not because they are not getting busy. People are planted in Nations and they are planted in Nations to build, to work, to guide, to guard and to produce a better version of the nation they were born into, that is why you were born here, you are not here by mistake, you are not here because your father had a dream I have been telling myself that for many years, we are here because it was the sovereign summons of God, and we are ordained with talent, with passion, and with personality  to identify problem(s) and solve them for our generation; so let me help you understand it, just in case you are looking for a way to still travel abroad, because today people are running from Nigeria because they believe Nigeria is not working. We are seeing Assistant General Managers run away to countries were they can provide education for their children because the educational system here is not working; and now all over Canada, we see many people that  are celebrated  just because they’ve gone to Canada; many of them it is their wives that  are working, career gentlemen are sitting at home and picking up children from school, it is good don’t get me wrong, but it wasn’t what they thought of when they graduated, they never thought to themselves that they would be going out there and what would be is to have lost their status as the bread winner of their own homes; that is because Nigeria is barely working.

Let me be clear, if you need a power Generator to get power in your house, Nigeria is not yet working for you, if you need a borehole to be able to bring water out of your taps, Nigeria is not yet working for you, if you need to send your children to school abroad or to British curriculum schools, Nigeria is still not yet working for you, but that’s not all Nigeria is not working for, Nigeria is not working for anybody. A friend of mine who is doing amazing things in the United States, I thought he always came from a very privileged home until very recently when he said to me that his father was a carpenter with 7 kids, and he was number 4 out of those 7 and that all the children were doing amazing things, as amazing as I thought  he was, he was the least accomplished of all his siblings and he said this was because his father could put his children in public schools that were free and they got quality education which enabled them soar out of the country, today how many people can testify about stuff like that.

Just last weekend, I was in my home town in Oke-Mesi, Ekiti State and an Uncle of mine that I used to look up to  growing up had become a pensioner, when he saw me he called out to me and said to me in Yoruba that they hadn’t  paid his pension in almost 3 years. He said to me that “you know that you have to help me, you know I really need your help” and I would say it the way he said it, he said to me in Yoruba again, “to ba je 3000 Naira to le fun mi” (Even if you can give me N3000), that to him was help, tears came to my eyes, how does a pensioner get to the point where he was looking for 3000 Naira. Nigeria is not working for that my Uncle either.

The week before last, I was in Abuja and stayed in one of the hotels there, I met a young man who was working his shift when I arrived sometime in the afternoon. When I came out much later that night, having been in a long meeting, the guy was at another duty post working another shift, so I asked him, do you work 24 hours, he replied yes sir. He said we work 24 hours and take one day off and then come back and work 24 hours; where on earth do you hear that, when I asked why he was doing this, he broke my earth when he said to me, “Sir, anything to keep body and soul together”, he said he was a graduate of the Federal University of Agriculture, I hugged him and said to him Nigeria is going to be better, he said Sir, if you say so I believe. Nigeria is not working for that guy either, Nigeria is not working for that person who is struggling to  sell their goods on the highways, and yet they are so scared  every time a green truck passes by that they are going to  arrest them for been undisciplined. How do you arrest someone you have not created jobs for, somebody who is trying to make a living, how do you arrest a person who is carrying a tray of bananas on their head, how do you call that person indiscipline, perhaps it’s because we have not yet desired the nation we want and maybe more than that, it’s because we haven’t determined what needs to be done. When we look at what needs to be done in our nation, we must deal with all the challenges we have, and today our challenges range from the fact that we are barely a nation, we are a country, we need to build a nation, Nigeria is divided along ethnic lines, social lines, tribal lines, religious line, political lines, every line! And those who are dividing us are doing so because they want to continue to rule over us, so we need to integrate our nation and make ourselves one united nation. When I was growing up which of my friends was Igbo or Hausa, I didn’t know that the Bakares were Muslims, it just didn’t matter to me, they were just my friends, they were fellow country people, we can unite our nation again, we need to unite our nation with a strong vision, every time nations are built they are built like houses, you bring people with different skills to build, but you must remember that before they even come to display their skills they first of all must know what are we building. Many of you go to work every morning, waking up at 4:30 a.m. some of you, 6:30 a.m., but most of you are getting into traffic or trying to beat traffic and I am asking you, as you go to work what are you trying to build? What is the vision for your industry that all of us are working together as professionals to build? What is the vision for a nation that together we are going to school to learn how to contribute, what is Nigeria’s vision? And a Vision must be a picture of a desirable future that is so inspiring that the people are willing to do everything they can to make it happen, that is what a vision is, I am asking you what Nigeria’s vision is, but just in case you can’t tell me, Nigeria would soon have a vision. On the 29th of May, 2018, I would have the privilege of addressing the world and shaping a new Vision for Nigeria and not only would I show that vision for Nigeria, I am going to also present  a road map with which Nigeria can arrive at or get to that vision. But we also need values that unite us, most importantly we need to re-orientate our nation, we need to place value back into our Nation, and then of course we need to secure our people, the job of every government is to make the life of its people better, and starting with making the lives of people better, you must protect their lives and their property. Ladies and gentlemen, 3,094 people have been recorded killed since May 29th 2015, we can do better than that as a Nation we must secure our people, and then of course we must provide Power because without Power then we cannot really build anything, and nothing that we build would work.

So we need Infrastructure, Power, roads, rails; but everybody knows these things, we have to understand that governance is really not a complicated thing, it is simply that the people who are complicated are currently in governance, because what do you say to a person who knows what he is supposed to do but would insist on requesting what he is supposed to be paid to do that things apart from his salary., that is a complicated person. what do you say to someone who looks at a vibrant generation of youths and says that they are lazy, what do you say to people, who refuse to  empower the next generation, and rather say that the next generation is not ready for leadership, that is a failed  generation, or rather that is a complicated generation, Governance is not as complicated as we make it look, governance only requires competent and capable people, but more importantly people who have the right character, people who would not steal even if they can’t be caught, governance requires people with compassion in their hearts. It is very difficult for anybody to say they have compassion and when lives are lost, there is not even a sound that comes out of the mouth of the leaders, how can you say you have compassion, we need people who have compassion, so we need to have good people with governance.

So I close within the next 3 minutes saying to you what I believe needs to be done to get to those people there, there are 10 things that I believe need to be done, I would just enumerate them

1: – We need to get our PVCs, PVC is not a nice thing to have, it is a need thing to have. If you want a future you can choose, PVC is not just permanent voter’s card, it is the power to vote your choice, and I have started a new movement where I am asking every young lady to insist on asking any toaster for their PVC first; No PVC, No toasting, but more than that I am working to collaborate with a few key people to ensure that every married woman whose husband does not have a PVC by July 1st, 2018 they would lock up. No PVC No “Jangilova”, but more importantly you also need to go and join a political party; but not just any party, prefer to join a party where you would have voting rights as a member and if you cannot get voting rights as a member, work very hard not to become an executive and a delegate but go to and change the constitutions of those parties, until parties have internal democracy, we don’t have internal democracy, we have “selectocracy”.

The 3rd one is please volunteer, volunteer for INEC, and volunteer to be a campaign staff.

Number 4:- Run for Office, and if anybody tells you that you don’t have experience, ask them what those who have experience have done for you so far. I don’t think political experience is required for governance, I think leadership expertise is what is required, and young people have expertise, they have done business, they have done great things in media, in the civil service, in banking, young people are doing great things, in telecommunications most people are doing amazing things, in technology young people are doing the most amazing things, in music, in entertainment, how can you say that people that can build a business cannot run a local government. I believe that leadership expertise is very important and we have what it takes. But then I think that it is important that you also connect with those who have a need, those who are the poorest among us,  the middle class have been the ones sustaining the lower class, because the politicians only show up every 4 years, in between those 4 years we are the ones that usually sustain them, we sustain them on roads, we sustain them when they ask “joor so le ba mi sendi ki ni kan be yen o”, meaning can you send me something there, and you send something, the only difference between you and the politician, is that when you pay the piper you don’t dictate the tune, when they pay the piper every 4 years, they tell the piper what to do, they tell them now you would vote for me, collect a bag of rice, tiny bag of rice.

So I want you to begin to connect with your own, especially those I call the people within your own economic dependency, connect with your security guard, connect with any security guard that you see along the road, ask them do you have your PVC? Those that you constantly help ask them to also help us together as a nation, and begin to tell them that there is coming a time when they would come and pay you, but remind them that when those people come to pay them as usual, tell them that they are not paying them for their votes, they are only paying them what they owe them, tell them to ask them where the balance of the money is, their votes are not for sale, tell them to collect the money, it is the debt that it is owed, but then also try to see how you can hold those who are in power accountable.

Number 7:- Encourage those who you know, who have been doing great things with little or no resources, making a difference, encourage them to run for office, and don’t be the one that tweets ‘let us see what experience he has’, don’t be the one that discourages people, because those who want to steal from you don’t need any encouragement, the money they are going to steal already is an inspiration to them, but the people who don’t want to steal from you may need to be told and encouraged and say please go for it, and sometimes you don’t only encourage them you must empower them and give them your 1000 Naira, 2000 Naira and maybe 5000 Naira if you can afford it, because if you pay them then you would also have the right to dictate to them, that is why I believe that we must get the right government with the largest cabal ever. 180 million cabals is what I am running after, the ones who will pay 10 Naira, 20 Naira, 100 Naira, they are the ones you will owe, and the last thing is please enlighten those who are around you, and then be the example of the New Nigeria that we want, remember, you cannot have a New Nigeria without having a New Nigerian, and if Nigeria would be the most desirable nation to work in, we must first have the most desirable people to work with, if Nigeria would be the most desirable nation to live in, we must first have the most desirable people to live with, the New Nigeria is going to be an experience and not a promise, and it is going to be an experience that people would find on the roads depending on how you drive, the new Nigeria is going to come, when you refuse to go on pedestrian lanes because you didn’t leave home early enough and yet you still want to get to work ahead of others, the new Nigeria is going to happen when you begin to care about the potholes and not just about getting a jeep, the new Nigeria is going to happen when you begin to care about other  children’s education.

So you must make a positive impact on everyone for us to have a New Nigeria, you must be a solution provider for us to have a New Nigeria, you must be a role model worthy of emulation for us to have a New Nigeria, you must do the right things at all times regardless of who is doing the wrong thing for us to have a New Nigeria. A New Nigeria is possible ladies and gentlemen and it can happen in our life time, but you must get involved and you must start to live the way you want everybody to live, and when you do so, we will have a Nation that we are proud to give to our children and they are grateful to inherit from us.

God Bless you on this Great Day, May God bless the Covenant Christian Centre and May God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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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.