During the 2017 celebration of the day of the African Child, I was invited at the end of the event to share my story to a group of children. I was asked by my friends to begin with my story, but I am rather a private man. And most importantly, I believe there are more important stories to begin with. These are the stories of those who can’t write, who can’t speak up for themselves, who are left at the mercy of society, but also the stories of the brave, the courageous, the dreamers, and most importantly, the decisive actors, the action takers, the positive change makers, and the doers. As important as the story of each person is, the stories of those disenfranchised matter the most to me. There are more interesting stories to begin this conversation with than mine. Volume one of Redefining the citizen of the new millennium explores the gritty details of growing up into an environment where almost every odd is against us and how in the midst of chaos one could rise above expectations.