youth bulge
Young politicians aiming high

Young politicians aiming high

Youth – people between the ages of 15 and 35, according to the definition used by the African Union’s Youth Charter – make up more than 35% of Africa’s total population. But in elected legislatures in countries such as...

Blessed or cursed?

Blessed or cursed?

Recent years have seen an increasing popular appeal of youth uprisings in Africa. Some believe this to be the effect of the Arab spring, giving rise to the term the “African Spring”. While dissatisfaction with...

A little-known history of youth activism

A little-known history of youth activism

In 2016, an opposition Member of Parliament in Botswana, Pius Mokgware, a former army general, warned that youth unemployment was a ticking time bomb. His greatest fear was that discontent about unemployment could lead...

Alternative futures

Alternative futures

There’s nothing alluring about being called a “bulge”. Positivity rarely inheres within such framing – a bulge is most often a problem. Africa’s population statistics show that young people are the demographic,...

Building a solid foundation

Building a solid foundation

From the sticks to the ghetto, to prison, back to the ghetto and now in the boardroom. That’s how, in these days of social media and short attention spans, you would summarise the life of Lesego Tshabalala, CEO of Get...