Africa’s Future: Invest in the Youth

Published on 1st October 2013

Africa carries the youngest population in the World with a median age of 20 years compared to world average of 30. The future of Africa will depend on the type of investments we make in our youth. To ignore the youth and perpetuate the big man and woman syndrome is set up the continent for failure.

The continent’s current demographic trend has implications on trade, labour and capital. It is imperative that the mindset of the youthful population be equipped to turn African problems into opportunities. In Africa today, there are entrepreneurial opportunities to feed the hungry, treat the sick, put up infrastructure and innovate among others.

It is imperative that the continent evolve special programs targeting young people. African youth need continental and international exposure. The young need opportunities to connect with the successful and the experienced in order to keep Africa’s hope alive.

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