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For the first time in human history, people aged over 65 now outnumber children under five. Yet one region in the world is bucking this trend: the world's top 20 youngest countries by population are all located in sub-Saharan Africa, and Africa's population under 35 now equals almost a billion people. Whilst there has been much research and reportage in the West around the lives of millennials and Gen Z, little has been written on the dreams and aspirations, the fears and hopes, the needs and desires of young Africans. The Yoruba expression Soro Soke, meaning “Speak Up”, has become a clarion call for young Nigerians seeking to make their voices heard, resonating across the African continent and around the world via social media. Trish Lorenz speaks to the bright new entrepreneurs, artists, and activists of Lagos and Abuja, Nigeria, to understand what it means to be young in an otherwise ageing world. This book is also available Open Access.


'Soro Soke is a commendable and bold study into youth identity and politics in Nigeria, full of insights on popular culture and creativity, passion and politics. Trish Lorenz’s sympathy aligns with the desire of Nigerian youth activists committed to positive transformation. The author’s voice successfully captures the aspirations of young men and women, as well as their imaginations, to live in a new world of their own making. To imbibe the ethos of this book is to join Lorenz in continually repeating the slogan: Speak up!'

Toyin Falola - author of Understanding Modern Nigeria

'I wish this book existed when I was writing Welcome to Lagos. Trish Lorenz has done an excellent job of collating the hopes, dreams and frustrations of the young people of Lagos. They’re savvy, ambitious and they won’t take no for an answer. Watch out world. The soro soke generation is coming.'

Chibundu Onuzo - author of Welcome to Lagos, Sankofa and The Spider King’s Daughter

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  • Soro Soke
    pp i-ii
  • Soro Soke - Title page
    pp iii-iii
  • The Young Disruptors of an African Megacity
  • Copyright page
    pp iv-iv
  • Contents
    pp v-vi
  • Figures and Illustrations
    pp vii-viii
  • About the Nine Dots Prize
    pp ix-xii
  • 1 - The Soro Soke Generation
    pp 1-15
  • 2 - The New York of Nigeria
    pp 16-30
  • Speaking Out: Chekwube Okonkwo on Expressing African Identity
    pp 31-32
  • 3 - Cultural Capital
    pp 33-41
  • Speaking Out: Osinachi on Art and Nigerian Identity
    pp 42-44
  • Speaking Out: Priscilla Eke on Feminism
    pp 45-46
  • 4 - Challenging Norms
    pp 47-60
  • Speaking Out: Uyaiedu Ipke-Etim on Facing Homophobia
    pp 61-62
  • Speaking Out: Michael Elégbèdé on the Diaspora
    pp 63-65
  • 5 - Japá
    pp 66-73
  • Speaking Out: Davies Okeowo on Entrepreneurship
    pp 74-76
  • 6 - Entrepreneurs with a Mission
    pp 77-86
  • 7 - The New Oil
    pp 87-97
  • Speaking Out: Rinu Oduala on the #endSARS Protests
    pp 98-100
  • 8 - The Hashtag Generation
    pp 101-115
  • Speaking Out: Princess Obiajulu Ugwu on Standing for Election
    pp 116-117
  • Speaking Out: Fortunes Oronkwo on the Monetisation of Politics
    pp 118-120
  • 9 - Contesting for Power
    pp 121-137
  • 10 - We’re in This Together
    pp 138-143
  • Acknowledgements
    pp 144-145
  • Notes
    pp 146-156


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