African Youth; a Ticking Time Bomb

THE YOUTH POPULATION IS STEADILY GROWING AT AN ALARMING RATE AND THIS MAY BE GOOD OR BAD EITHER WAY IT’S GOING TO BE EXPLOSIVE

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Let’s start this article with a brief stats released by Worldometer as of Monday, 4th of February 2019.

• The current population of Africa is 1,306,868,793, based on the latest United Nations estimates.

• Africa population is equivalent to 16.64% of the total world population.

• Africa ranks number 2 among regions of the world (roughly equivalent to "continents"), ordered by population.

• The population density in Africa is 45 per Km2 (115 people per mi2).

• The total land area is 29,648,481 Km2 (11,447,338 sq. miles)

• 41 % of the population is urban (541,028,160 people in 2019)

• The median age in Africa is 19.4 years.

As interesting as those stats are, that is still not what I want you to see; this right here is what I want to call your attention to – nearly 50% of the African population are youth and by 2050, Africa would have the largest youth population in the world. Great news right? Like they say “there’s strength in numbers” but when there isn’t enough pieces of pie to go around, then some people are prone to go savage.

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The fact that Africa is sitting on a goldmine of human resources makes it imperative for governments to implement policies that cater for this large population otherwise all that youthful energy would wreak havoc on the continent – no one wants that.

The enormity of potential for various sectors due to this large population is vast. For marketing, health, security, education, and so on, but when amenities aren’t seemingly catering for them and the economy continually gets tougher then this time bomb is going to explode in our faces.

The time to act is now.