Editor’s Note: August 21, 2018
Africa’s youth won’t empower itself
“You are the ministers, presidents and leaders of tomorrow…now is the time to prepare for that role.” This was Rwandan president Paul Kagame’s message to the country’s youth this week.
He added a call to action, imploring young people to invest in themselves in order to take on the mantle of leadership tomorrow.
It’s common refrain.
With 60% of Africa’s population believed to be under the age of 25 the youth is regularly touted as the solution to the continent’s development problems.
Exactly how isn’t clear.
The advice from the current generation of political and business leaders is often vague, amounting to little more than ‘go out and make it happen.’ Much of the emphasis is on entrepreneurship, which is put forward as a fix for everything from unemployment to food security.
It seems all that’s needed is is a can-do attitude, a startup idea, and a smartphone.
If only it was that easy.
In reality many of africa’s youths, regardless of how self-motivated they may be, are hamstrung by a familiar checklist of development problems inherited from the current crop of leaders.
There is no doubt that Africa is full of entrepreneurial, resourceful young people, but they won’t just empower themselves.
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