Listed by Forbes among the 30 under 30 best African entrepreneurs in 2013, Chude Jideonwo is no stranger to the news. If his several achievements in the media career do not make him popular enough, his interesting conversations on #WithChude and #ChudeExplains will get the job done. When he graduated as the best student in Land Law from the University of Lagos, the media entrepreneur would never have guessed how far he would stray from the Law career. Jideonwo’s story will keep you glued.
Ifechukwude Osanedum Jideonwo was born on the March 16, 1985 to Ifeanyi S. and Ngozi A. Jideonwo in Lagos, Nigeria. He had his primary education in Lagos, at the K. Kotun Memorial Primary School, before attending Adebola Baptist High School and the Mayflower School, Ikenne, for his secondary education.
After this, he proceeded to the University of Lagos to study Law, and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2007. He observed the compulsory one-year National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) at Nigeria LNG Limited, Lagos, Nigeria. He would later obtain a master’s degree in Communication and Media Studies at the Pan-African University, Lagos. Jideonwo also attended the Strathmore Business School (SBS), Lagos Business School, and Said Business School at the University of Oxford.
An early career start
Even before graduating from the University, Chude had started showing his career interests. His novel, His Father’s Knickers, which he wrote when he was 13, was launched in 2001 in conjunction with the National Orientation Agency and the French Cultural Centre.
As a 15-year-old, he worked with the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) and later with Minaj Broadcasting International (MBI) as a researcher with ‘Celebrating Jesus.’ This was where he was honing his interests and skills in information gathering. He’d later work as a production coordinator at Inside Out with Agatha, a popular TV show anchored by Agatha Amata between 2001 and 2002.
Jideonwo worked with Funmi Iyanda (Miyeti Productions), on the project New Dawn, a program which showed on NTA Network, for three years from 2002 to 2005. He also worked as the Assistant Publicist at Common Ground Productions between 2005-2006, then proceeded to The Apprentice Africa, where he was Lead, Website and Publicity.
He worked on several other productions as a writer, assistant director, and host, including, Rubbin’ Minds talk show on Channels Television, The Academy, Patito’s Gang, Video 10, Big Brother Nigeria in 2006, and Moments with Mo (MNet) in 2007, among others.
By the time he was done with his NYSC, Chude was qualified to work as the Assistant Media Relations Manager at Virgin Nigeria Airways in 2008. His various volunteering and moonlighting experiences had equipped him well.
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