My journey continues…

Another phase of my life has begun. About 12months ago, I made the decision to pursue an advanced degree at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) — to broaden my knowledge around governance, foreign trade, policies, economic development, international affairs and leadership. I realized that it takes informed, empowered and determined group of individuals to change the course of any nation.

While we have some remarkable leaders in my country, I have come to understand that most of those who vie for political office lack the required skills and expertise to manage social-economic challenges peculiar to Nigeria. I plan not to be among these sets of leaders. I am a strong admirer of President OBAMA and it is not surprising that he spent the most of his youthful days preparing for the important period ahead; public service.

While flipping through the pages of the Guardian during my trip to D.C., I thought of the several challenges facing my country, Nigeria, and Africa as a whole and possible solutions to them. I realized I have a lot to learn and a lot of people to meet in the next 2years.

Nigeria and Africa can not be changed by the sole effort of an individual, rather, consistent efforts of determined, innovative and prepared group of leaders.

Over the next couple of months, I will focus on learning how policies have been used to drive socio-economic development across developing nations especially Africa. I plan to connect and work with lots of leading African entrepreneurs and state leaders. I will also be learning different international trade models and industrial practices across the world.

This is another learning phase of my life and it has begun. I will be updating you as the journey continues. This is for Nigeria and Africa. I believe in creating a better Nigeria and Africa for the unborn generations. #LearnWorkHope #IAmAfrican #LetUsDevelopAfrica

-Ridwan Sorunke

MA Candidate at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies