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The narrative of the young African is very often plagued with stories of unemployment and little or mediocre level of entrepreneurship. Africa has the largest population of youths, with resilience and ingenuity- which unfortunately is channeled more into crime and unfounded risk (such as crossing the Sahara Desert and Mediterranean Sea, to get into developed Countries for better opportunities and most times being unsuccessful – many of the youths have found themselves as slaves).

If the average African youth is educated and consequently, rescued from the labour flight and crime mentality, and they are further exposed to the vast entrepreneurial opportunities in Africa, being well equipped with relevant skills and effective mentorship, the risk of unauthorized immigration in search of meaningful employment, crime and death will be reduced and eventually, eradicated.

Notable Statistics on Africa

  • According to data from the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in sub-Saharan Africa, the youth unemployment rate hovers around 12 percent. And almost half of the 10 million graduates churned out of the over 668 universities in Africa yearly, do not get meaningful employment;
  • In 2012, about 501 million people, constituting 47% of the population of sub-Saharan Africa, lived on $1.90 a day or less, a principal factor in causing widespread hunger. (World Bank, Sub-Saharan Africa Poverty and Equity Data);
  • Research shows that 75% of the world’s poorest countries are located in Africa- including Zimbabwe, Liberia and Ethiopia. The Central African Republic ranked the poorest in the world with a GDP per capita of $656 in 2016 (Source: World Hunger);
  • Fewer than 20% of African women have access to education. Uneducated African women are twice as likely to contract AIDS and 50% less likely to immunize their children. Meanwhile, the children of the African women with at least five years of schooling have a 40 percent higher chance of survival (Source: World Bank).

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