Jul 7, 2011

Still waiting?

The population of Africans under the age of 25 currently stands at an estimated 60%. Given this information should we really be parroting the same old line “today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders?” Shouldn’t we be today’s leaders?

If we’ve learned anything from our North African brethren, it’s this - they’re tired of waiting for promises to be delivered; promises of employment, middle income and above, political representation and a whole host of others. What about the rest of us? Are we still waiting for our grandfathers to deliver on their promises?

As I look at political rallies and other gatherings, young people still appear to be relegated to chanting slogans and the usual tomfoolery associated with such. Brother and sister, stop grinning for the camera and shouting how you’re going to ‘fix’ the opposing party’s members if they cross your path. Please for once, use your brain and start engaging in meaningful dialogue with those you declare “you’d die for.” Stand up and challenge the status quo.

And then we have the apathetic who boldly declare, “I don’t care about politics, they don’t affect me. I’d rather sext people on my BBM list.” Okay...I made up the last part, but I’m sure you catch my drift. If you still believe politics don’t affect you, think about that the next time you walk past a giant pile of rotting refuse that hasn’t been picked up by the city council or when load shedding leaves you in darkness for hours on end.

I am encouraged to hear about people like Mundia Paul Hakoola of Young African Leaders Initiative who’ve stepped up to the mantle, and are getting to work. This group is focused not only on getting young people in Zambia involved in our democracy, but also in the economy. Among other things, they are building a Leadership Development Module that is piloting in secondary schools in four provinces that includes Entrepreneurship, Democracy and Human rights, Good Governance and Corruption. The goal is equip young people for work in various sectors of the economy.

Young people have to be entrepreneurs and pioneers of change!

Success in numbers…


I glad to read this link it is very inspirational and I'm humbled and challenged to see people like you miss Bwalya see such a great blog you have and off course for supporting the Young African Leaders Initiative in Zambia. As US President Barack Obama said This is a new moment of great promise. Only this time, we’ve learned that it will not be giants like Nkrumah and Kenyatta who will determine Africa’s future… It will be the young people brimming with talent and energy and hope who can claim the future that so many in previous generations never realized.”


Mundia Paul Hakoola


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