BY NONYE NWUKE
Rage for Change is a novella that will impact the world positively if approached with an insightful taste by the youths of our generation. This book is the spark that could light up a new horizon on the surface of poverty in Africa. This is a guide to young Nigerians that are willing to make a difference.
Its sole objective is to convince the youth of Nigeria that they CAN be leaders and instruments of change in Nigeria. It also provides the youths with the tools they need to do so. LEAP Africa hopes that the stories in this book will inspire young people to take a stand for change in their communities, because the success of Nigeria relies on its youth.
In the first chapter alone, “What’s up?” a series of problems are presented that are actually the realities of some of the uninformed youth of our civilisation. This chapter discusses the problems that ordinary people in Nigeria face, from HIV/AIDS to cyber-crime. It urges the reader to be angered and stirred into action by using hypothetical scenarios and real-life experiences of Nigerians today. Take Jemila for example, a 9 year old girl that was sadly prevented from being educated. She is a wiz at math, but is trapped within the confines of her father’s shop as he thinks women should remain uneducated. This highlights how our next generation is being prevented from unleashing their full potential in hopes of developing the world. It also presents possible solutions for each problem in a youth friendly way. In this case, it was:
- To reject the notion that boys are better than girls
- To pay attention and respond to unjust treatment of females
- To encourage the education of the young women
It ends with an insightful case study of a young man called Nasiru who had affected his community positively. He recognised a lack of educated females in his environment and decided to do something about it. His impact on his community was massive. Due to his efforts, almost 20 girls became enrolled in school. This shows that if a regular youth like Nasiru could change the lives of others like him, so can you?
The next chapter titled “Why Wait” aims to convince young people that they have certain potentials that can make them leaders in their communities. It also distinguishes between leaders and people in positions of power. In addition, it debunks some of the excuses young people may be tempted to give for not getting involved in shaping Nigeria’s future. It teaches us life lessons brought to mind by a teenager named Amina that channelled her zeal to educate women about HIV/AIDS in her community. It also gives various opportunities to respond to questions brought up throughout the chapter.
“On your Mark” the third Chapter, starts by addressing the need for entrepreneurs to figure out their passions before starting a project, as passion is essential to remaining motivated. It offers activities through which they can attempt to figure out why some projects are important to them… Questions such as:
- What are you passionate about?
- How can you turn this passion into action to improve Nigeria
- How has this chapter inspired you?
These questions help readers to develop a deeper understanding of the stories told and guides them to make important decisions about their lives.
Each chapter serves the same function; equipping readers with various tools and tips needed to have a large impact in the community and show that they CAN make a change. Throughout the book, a light consistency is maintained to keep the readers interested. There are illustrative diagrams that provide specific facts about what to expect in each chapter. It also expands on the real issues faced by Nigerians and how they adjust to unpredictable conditions.
“Rage for Change” is proof that what makes a leader isn’t restricted to just accomplishing great things, but doing little unique things that anyone who has a heart can do. It demystifies the concept of leadership and brings it within the sphere of influence for everyone – especially the youth. This book will enlighten and inspire politicians and the electorate alike, helping them to have a deeper sense of what leadership and civic responsibility demands. I recommend it to anyone dealing with young people.
Are YOU inspired?