The youth-driven wave in Africa

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The youth-driven wave in Africa
The youth-driven wave in Africa

The youth-driven wave in Africa

Due to a lack of economic opportunities, frustrated youth across Africa from Sudan to South Africa are rising up and challenging the status quo.

The youth forms a greater number of the African population and they are the most affected group by the continent’s socio-economic and political development. Almost 16 million young Africans who form part of the labor force are unemployed.

More than 40% who have jobs consider their living condition to be bad or fairly bad. This youth reason that the needs of young people are not met by their leaders in government.

Hence, this leads them to participate in demonstrations that will change governments that are thought to be incompetent and responsible for the woes of their people. Through these demonstrations, institutions of power have been challenged although they did not go beyond post-protest governments.

TRENDS IN AFRICAN YOUTH DEMONSTRATIONS

After the Arab Spring that happened in Tunisia in 2010, many youths in African countries have protested against dictatorships, the extension of presidential term limits, the lack of transparency during elections, and unpopular socio-economic policies. These protests organized by the youth have attained some considerable success in removing political leaders and effecting policy change.

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However, these youth have been unsuccessful in bringing change to systematic politics. This failure is a result of a lack of influence in post-protest politics and government.

The same cannot be said for Sudan, after the fall of Omar Al Bashir, in 2019. There was a formation of a coalition government that involved the military and an action plan for a civilian to take over through the conduct of an election. This protest by the Sudanese is a step in the right direction.

Because after the protest, there should be an influencing post-protest policy that can help attain the objectives and will of the people.

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The surge of demonstration from the youth screams one word Enough. The struggle for political, social, and economic freedom is what every youth requires.

Demonstrations have been a way by which African youth can express their displeasure about issues although there are other platforms for expressing their grievances.

In Conclusion

It is noted that demonstrations have become the order of the day for most youth in Africa because that is their way of participating in politics. Like the Sudanese, there should be a post-protest influence that will drive the change they want to see.

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