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Wake Up AU: Urgent Call for Industrial Revolution as Africa’s Youth Unleash Economic Potential

by  Africa Media Australia

The 37th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union is scheduled to take place from 17th – 18th February 2024. In a compelling call to action, concerns have been raised about the sluggish pace of industrialization in Africa despite having the youngest population globally. The continent witnesses a staggering 12-13 million young Africans entering the workforce annually, yet only 2 million jobs are being created. The warning is clear: Africa needs to step up its efforts to harness the untapped potential of its youthful population.


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The challenge is stark – with the youth bulge and a growing workforce, it’s crucial for Africa to address the employment gap strategically. Rather than resorting to repressive measures or attending summits without tangible outcomes, there’s a call for a unified approach. It’s time to set aside bilateral agreements and embrace a pan-African stance that includes free movement of people, unitary military sovereignty, a common currency, and a comprehensive industrial strategy.



The urgency of the matter is emphasized by the reminder that the continent is sitting on a time bomb. Relying on diaspora jobs is not a sustainable solution, and the shame of African youth seeking menial jobs abroad needs to be eradicated. The call for seriousness is directed at all African nations, urging them to recognize the changed landscape and heed the visionary leadership of Kwame Nkrumah.


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As the continent grapples with economic challenges, the message is clear – it’s time for Africa to rise and embark on a transformative industrial revolution, creating opportunities that match the aspirations of its vibrant and dynamic youth. The future of Africa depends on embracing unity, innovation, and decisive action.


Langton Chirinda

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