My issue is that schools are training graduates to come out of schools in Africa looking for jobs. They are not trained to create jobs after school. Whereas Africa have the youngest population in the world and that population is strength and not weakness. But ask me if it is? You see, the future of any nation is in the hands of its youths, future of the universe is in the hands of the youths. Youths are the hope of the world, especially if the youths themselves are not docile waiting for almost everything to be brought to them on the table.
Africa is great and greater is the strength of its youths. But the population is negatively navigating in uprising and consistent rise of armed conflicts across in chart flow. I have watched Africa working through weak institutions and building upon strong individuals, and I can not but wonder why? Why our system seems not to be working in the right direction.
Could there be change in the curve?
At times, I imagine if youths are building on for a changed situation? If they can use their strength to effect and drive change? How many are attempting to change the curve. And I realized that the need to awake and unite as the youth voice is desirable. I urge you to tell the other youths about this awakening. How to tell young people to leverage on the greatest strength they have which is greatest asset. I mean the size and quality of youths across the continent. I mean how to activate actions online and offline to set in change of time. What I see is that Africa needs a younger voice as its voice seems old and aged. Africa needs young leaders to rejuvenate itself or else, it may fade away in no time. However than sounds, it may be the only bitter truth to our hearing.
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 untapped potentials of our people leveraging on technology to create digital jobs.
Let me quickly replay an event 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 carrying 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.