African Youth Dilemma: Unemployment and Longing for Green Pasture

From a keen look at performance of fundamental indices of a standard living in Africa, unemployment remains a predominant misery among African youths. A recent report from MO Ibrahim Foundation, entitled: “Africa’s youth: jobs or migration?” highlights African youths’ frustration in finding commensurate jobs and their quest of migrating in search of green pasture. The age-long weak link between higher education and better job prospects further compound the matter.

The 2019 Ibrahim Forum Report reveals that Africa is the world’s youngest continent with about 60.0% of Africa’s population falling under the age of 25 compared to other continents. Similarly, according to African Development Bank (AfDB), of Africa’s nearly 420 million youth aged 15-35, one-third are unemployed and discouraged, another third are vulnerably employed. With the rising ambition and yearnings for a standard living, more than 40.0% of young Africans are dissatisfied with their current living situation – which they considered bad. This prompts almost 80% of potential African migrants to embark on migration voyage with the hope of better economic or social prospects….

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