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The role and place of youth in Africa

23 August 2013, 14:20

The world recently pulled off its high levels of spectatorship from Zimbabwe shortly after President Mugabe made it to his seventh term, probably a bitter pill to swallow by imperialists as he always refers to the Western countries, on the other token there Is Mali which did not get any extreme media coverage as Zimbabwe was and as RSA will be, speak of alienated African country. Still on the elections token, its dawn for RSA 2014 elections, it is unarguable that the global audience will direct its interest to this African state which is symbolic in the African continent in relation to its economy and cutting edge constitution.

In this lively African political arena, the interest is always about who will “win” not who will “lead” failure to separate between winning and leading is tragic, what we are not aware of is winners enter competitions to win something they will enrich themselves with whilst leaders are concerned about discharging the responsibilities delegated to them as well as meeting the set objectives. The biasness in African politics propels spectators to focus on winners versus development of cardinal organs such as youth.

It is akin to a norm for governments in African countries to publish reports centred on youth unemployment, statistics relating to economic growth or downturn, etcetera, according to my own surveillance, African countries that dare publish reports relating to their successes in terms of youth development amounts to negative zero, I understand that Mathematicians contend that zero is neutral, neither positive nor negative, however I will override that principle in order to convey my deepest disappointment in African countries, but then in the end who is to be blamed for this youth alienation, youth or leaders? It is understandable as to why mature African leaders in the mature African leaders club (African parliaments) show such low levels of energy as far as youth development is concerned, youth themselves are rivalries to their own youth, youth in Africa are misdirected souls who fail to refine their own dreams, contain themselves and plan their own prosperity, it is clear that no one has time look after astray souls.

AFRICAN YOUTH THE ECONOMIC SLAVES

It’s tried, it’s tested and proven that African youth are economic slaves and they seem to be appreciating every bit of it, African youth are not economically liberated and are inclined to seeking survival and career jobs as opposed to becoming the producers of those jobs, this has been said repeatedly and has even become boring. An average number of 6 out 10 young people foreknow being employed as a way of nurturing one’s career, being out of the poverty line whilst others foresee it as a way of living that lavish lifestyle they always visioned, one should be aware that when you go work for someone, you are that someone’s slave and they minute they decide to cut you off your job or decide not to recruit you, you become their little economic slave, nonetheless, youth is still inclined on drafting resumes against business plans.  Whenever I raise the issue of going into business to my peers I am always confronted by the saying “we do not have capital,” who says capital guarantees one’s success in business? Now here goes; industry tycoons such as Velvet Sky and 1 time Flights still went down despite the capitalization they had in the beginning, capital has never been an element in the business formula but commitment is.

AFRICAN YOUTH THE MASTERS OF SHORTCUTS

For youth who make it in business, gluttony forms part of their business operations. Youth are eager to receive a quick buck without much effort, their businesses miscarry in the first financial year simply because instead of exhibiting their products to the entire public, they choose to go after tenders that they absolutely have no experience in the services they are required to provide, once the state decides not to contract them,  their business appetite evaporates, then the blame game tiptoes in; “The government is not doing much to support emerging entrepreneurs” coming to think of it, would have it been economical if the government inflated millions of taxpayers money on an inexperienced  youth owned company to bring us inferior services? I never thought so, it is always better to start where one’s knowledge is limited to, one will gain experience from there.

AFRICAN YOUTH THE POLITICAL PUPPETS

Whenever the youth decides to take on the mature African leaders, engage in heated political contest, I always feel proud and full of gratitude, but all those quickly escape when it comes to light that the youth in question is in politics to become the political puppet, to assist mature political leaders to pursue their own agendas. I consequently loose respect for such youth whom I always assumed they would represent our interest and ensure that our interests are included in decision making processes but rather choose to engage in unsolicited, unruly and cheap politics band. There are so many stories that can be shared about youth in politics of which the stories in question makes one’s hair stand on end such that their role in politics I choose to say its  spongy.

AFRICAN YOUTH AND THE TEMPTATIONS

Temptations are inevitable to all of us but us as youth; we entice fate of temptations from where it’s fixed. I always look at some of my peers and surprisingly look at the dispensable lives they lead, amongst those dispensable lives; that are characterised by liquor such that even the positive projects they engage in end up vanishing into the thin midst of liquor. Most of the immoral acts that occur in our territories, youth are the perpetrators. The list of matters that vandalise our young lives is endless but then again youth revert to the very same substances every time despite the known implications. What exactly is the role of youth? It is of paramount importance that youth commence questioning itself about its role and place.

CHOOSE TO BE PERFECT

I am a human being and not a veteran of perfection at all, but I choose to challenge the principle that goes; “no one is perfect.” it is time for African youth, collectively, to boycott the norm of accepting as true that “no one is perfect”, we can be perfect if we want to. I am keen to see the African continent that is not resented by its societies, the African continent that will not be reliant on the western countries for it to survive yet it has young people who can breathe fresh ideas to it so that it can develop.

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