A moving and powerful account of the problems faced and overcome by a new
generation, from an extraordinarily accomplished young activist and
How do you find your way forwards in a world that’s holding you back?
'My name is Jeremiah Emmanuel. I’m twenty years old. I was born and raised in south
London, in an area affected by crime, poverty and a lack of opportunities. This was the
world that I knew growing up. It was a world where violence was accepted and prison was
expected. A world in which your best friend could vanish overnight. But as I got older, I
began to experience another world. This was a world where people listened to you, where
opinions were heard, where doors were opened, where opportunities were everywhere.
Dreaming in a Nightmare is the story of those two worlds, and how it is possible to move
from one to the other. It is both an urgent exploration of a growing national crisis, and a
guide to overcoming the obstacles young people should not have to face. It is my story
and the story of my generation. It’s a book that I hope will change your world.
About the author
eremiah Emmanuel is a youth activist, public speaker and entrepreneur. He started working within his local community at the age of four, campaigning around several issues that affected young people with the Nelson Mandela School Foundation. In 2011 he was elected into the UK Youth Parliament becoming an MYP, and later became a young mayor within London. Aged fifteen, he founded the BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra Youth council, and created a youth consultancy enterprise, EMNL, which has recently worked with organisations including Rolls-Royce, Nike and the Queens Commonwealth Trust. He is also a member of the Gates Foundation, a youth ambassador for the Big Change Charitable Trust, a Founding Member of the Conduit London. In 2017, he was awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM).