Africa is great and greater is the strength of its youths, but the population is negatively glaring in uprising and consistent rising of armed conflicts across the continent in chart flow. I have watched Africa working on weak institutions and building on strong individuals and can not but wonder why? Why our system seems not to be working.
How youths are also building on this, how so many are attempting to change the curve. And you will realize the need to awake and unite as youths. I urge you to tell the other youths about this awakening. Tell them to leverage on the greatest strength they have, which is our future asset. I mean the size and quality of youths across the continent. Above all, what I see is that Africa needs a younger voice as its voice seems persistently old and aged. Africa needs young leaders to rejuvenate it or else it will fade off in global relevance in no time. That is bitter truth and there is no apology.
As African youth, are you thinking of how you can rewrite hope on the minds of the people? A cover story with a title “Hopeful Africa” can in the real sense radiate hopefulness and liberate us from the pin, emancipating ourselves from mental slavery. To start with, we must first begin to appreciate our own; begin to change narratives, begin to create and look for “Black Collar Jobs” instead of “White Collar Jobs”. White collar jobs are no more there in Africa. They have gone with the winds. It went away with the colonial masters when Africa was liberated, but we never knew it till now that we are searching for it. Black Color Jobs are entrepreneurial, informal and indigenous untapped potentials of our people.
Let me quickly replay an event on of 17th December 2010 in Tunisia of Mohammed Bouaziz; a young graduate that couldn’t get a white collar job after graduation. He started a “Black Collar Job” – small grocery shop. Then police authority led by a woman, questioned him for permits to sell. She slapped him for not being able to afford himself a permit. And Mohammed got angry and set himself ablaze for government insensitivity to his plight of self reliance, and that event put Tunisia ahoy.
I remember, that was the beginning of Arab spring that spread to Libya, Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, and present Syria. I saw this as one way youth can express their energy when it is not properly used by the Government.
There are no mentorship platforms. Youths barely have access to loans and if they do, the terms are so hard to meet. To worsen matters, financial institutions make it so difficult for young entrepreneurs to meet up with financial support criteria. Whereas, loans are given to the established individuals in the society, to families members of those working in financial institutions, friends and cronies without much ado.
When youths are only used as tool for negatives/ violence by politicians and dumped after election? When youths believes carry arms against another is what makes a hero, what do you expect? I tell you, Africa greatest problem is sit-tight- to- power syndrome. And it is this sit- tight- syndrome that does not allowed free market that creates jobs. And if we will correct that and align Africa as emerging market, then sit tight leaders must begin to go, now and forever. Africa is youth and youths are Africa. Let create Africa we want together.