Migrating from Africa to Europe or North America for a better life is no longer cool. The trend for young Africans is staying in the continent to contribute in building the Continent. Africa’s youths are saying they don’t want to be takers, but makers and builders.
Africa is the Future and the Future is Now
A recent survey commissioned by Ivor Ichikowitz, chairman of the Ichikowitz Family Foundation, has shown a growing belief in the concept of “Afro-optimism”,
By this I mean fighting persistently negative stereotypes of the continent. And Mr Ichikowitz is right in noting that the result of the survey “are a loud wake-up call to all the Afro-sceptics”.
The survey covered 14 countries, in Africa and included 4,200 interviews with young people aged between 18 and 24. Here are some outcomes of the survey
I, Young people in Afeica are ‘overwhelmingly keen’ to tackle Africa’s challenges head on, confronting negative stereotypes
2, Young people across Africa are confident that the continent is heading for an era of success fuelled by technology and entrepreneurship.
3, while most people interviewed were dissatisfied with the state of their own country, almost half believed the continent as a whole was in a healthier state than previously, and two-thirds thought they were living through a transformative “African century”.
4, Africa’s youth are refusing to shy away from the very real challenges of Africa, that is honest about what needs to be done and what their role has to be to achieve this – and they are overwhelmingly keen to make that difference.”
6, Those surveyed had strong opinions about the importance of technology and business, with 81% saying they believed technology could unlock the continent’s potential. A similar amount believed access to wifi should be a fundamental human right.
7, Three-quarters of young people said they planned to start their own business in the next five years, and many already had ideas they were ready to work on.
8, The African Union was mostly looked upon favourably as a way of uniting countries across the continent.
The Brookings Institute is correct in in stating in early 2019 that While narratives over the past decades have painted a wide range of views of Africa—as a child in need of development, a rising economic power, an imminent threat, a tinderbox of terrorism, poverty, forced migration, and disease—the truth is, and “One thing is certain: the transformation that Africa has undergone in recent decades has been remarkable. Africa is shaping its own destiny and should be referred to as the “African opportunity” instead of the “African threat.”
With the establishment of the African Economic Community and the planned adoption of a single currency by 2023 Africa is a region of economic and global influence
Today, approximately 1.3 billion people are living in 54 countries in Africa, and that number is expected to increase by at least 30 percent by 2050 making it the most populous region in the world. A marketer’s dream destination.
Blessed with a large amount of the world’s diamond, sugar, salt, gold, iron, cobalt, uranium, copper, bauxite, silver, petroleum and cocoa beans, woods and tropical fruits to name a few, Africa is the most natural resource-rich continent in the world.
The Recent discoveries oil reserve in many countries accords Africa has increased increased the importance of that commodity on the economies of the continent. Sudan and Nigeria are two of the main oil producers in the world today.
Recent growth has been due to growth in sales in commodities, services, and manufacturing.
Most African countries will reach "middle income" status (defined as at least US$1,000 per person a year) by 2025 if current growth rates continue.
As Africans intensify efforts to end the exploitation of Africa’s resource by Western nations like the United States, Canada, Australia, France and the United Kingdom as well as emerging economic powerhouses like China the continents economic outlook will continue to improve.
Yes. Africa is the Future and the future is now!