A lot has been said about Africa, locally and internationally. Without blinking, the following have been stories that have been labelled as the major characteristics of Africa.
- Improper governance system in the land
- Violation of human rights
- Extreme poverty
- Land with civil unrest and disunity
- Low income
- Many child marriages
However, much emphasis was on the existing generation of leaders who have been accused of corruption and other unscrupulous activities. Few have given a chance to the current generation of youths reaching to 60%. Business moguls from the African soil such as Dangote, Motsepe and Masiyiwa, who have risen from scratch and built business empires from scratch without donor funding, deeply question these long-held assumptions. Some of these people have started foundations changing the face of African health, education, business and agriculture sectors in which major beneficiaries are the youths who are the future. Without running away from the current crisis, these personalities serve to illustrate that the African reputation and history can be rewritten right now because of the largest cohort of the unwavering determination of young people!
We have it all in our society, let’s talk sport, think of the energetic people like Didier Drogba, Samuel Etoo. Churches are on board, assisting in areas like business leadership and rejuvenating the mindset of the youth who are a major driver of peace and unity leading to prosperity on the continent. Passion driven mindsets among African youth speak to the increasing research and skills acquired from other continents but improving the quality of lives of their home countries. This is the generation of determined, young people to whom the world didn’t give much but they are coming up with innovative approaches to liberate their continent from the fetters of poverty. Community based organizations have being formed, joining in the bandwagon of locally bred ideas whose mandate is clearly against the devastating effects and manifestation of historic inequalities.
Embracing the uniting effect of social media; the east, west, south and north of Africa have met. This young generation is an existing message that there are long lasting results in unity than in fighting. National think tanks, as universities are producing remarkable projects which lure Africans in the diaspora. Determined minds are blurring racial differences. Peace, prosperity and unity have become the yardstick of the twenty-first century youth. This is the mind-set of a young person in Africa.
“A poverty free continent is possible with the youth”
Featured image sourced from: HealthPovertyAction.org
Compiled by Herbert .M.M. Chibvongodze