Africa is where the future of the world will be built by young poeple
Africa has a bright future ahead of it. The numbers show that we would have the largest workforce in the future due to our human capital. The importance of our human capital in the future is relative to the advancement of technology in the world.
Most countries in Africa have the average of 50 years of independence and 20 years of democracy. There is still so much potential in Africa. We can either choose to see our challenges or the potentials of a better tomorrow and work towards it. Major leaders have come to understand the power that lies in Africa. In 2016, Mark Zuckerberg came to Nigeria and Kenya and made this audacious statement.
“This is where the future is going to be built”
The Google CEO was in Nigeria in 2017 for the Google Digital Conference. He saw the vigor, potential in Africa.
Pichal had this to say;
‘Nigeria needs digital skills training for its youths and Google is focusing on digital skills training in the whole of Africa, to empower Africans to write software codes for their local economies.”
Meanwhile, in 2017, Jack Ma was in Kenya for a week-long visit in East Africa — Kenya and Rwanda — with 53 other billionaires from China. His goal was to inspire young Africans to take charge and also invest in some brilliant solutions. This is what he had to say:
“I came here (Africa) to share the entrepreneurial dream not to sell Chinese products”- Jack Ma, Founder Alibaba
Why are these foreign players coming to Africa?
Africa is the world’s second-largest and second-most-populous continent (the first being Asia). With 1.2 billion people as of 2016, it accounts for about 16% of the world’s human population. Africa’s population is expected to more than double from 1.2 billion to 2.4 billion by 2050, the biggest increase of any continent in the world.
In the past decade, Africa has begun to see itself as a force to reckon with in the global scheme of things. This has caught the right attention with the entrance of key foreign players to Africa.
“Africa has caught the imagination of the world in recent times as a [potentially] prosperous part of the world.” — Kingsley Moghalu
A joint study by the African Development Bank (AFDB), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) estimates that external financial flows to Africa have quadrupled since 2000. So we have reasons to celebrate the progress of the African continent which more than a decade ago was dismissed by The Economist magazine as “the hopeless continent”.
We have in abundance, young people besides our natural resources and this explains why these foreign companies are here. Despite what this new narrative is offering, we are not telling our stories enough.
Young people are doing so well
Young people all over Africa are beginning to see the grey areas where they can be competitive with their foreign counterparts. In the midst of the challenges faced; power, insecurity, bad leadership, young people are still changing the status-quo. These are the stories Youth Central (YC) wants to tell. Those are the kind of stories that don’t make it to mainstream media.
Just imagine if Nigerian Doctors living in London all come back home?
Young people are packaging themselves to appeal to a bigger market. Will this be sustainable? Are we going to have more interesting stories spring out from Africa? Will millennials rise up and together build the countries of their dreams? Will mainstream media tell the right narrative and not chase after clicks or traffic? These are questions left unanswered.
My point is that as much as it is evident that this is where the future will be built, a lot of work still has to be done. We have to consciously build strategies and policies that will break some barriers hindering growth across African borders. Civilization started in Africa, we shouldn’t be lagging behind again. Africa together can be great again, if we all realize the power in our hands.