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In what practical ways can African states tackle the issue of poverty and unemployment amongst its young people?

Many African states list their young people as a vital resource base. But very disturbing is the fact that young people in Africa are left to rot due largely to almost zero opportunity and failing structures compounded by systemic corruption. Now, for African states a wasting generation of young people is a more threatening challenge than political instability.

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  • Oct 5 2012: Africans need a change of mentality; an attitudinal change.
    Firstly, African youths have to dismiss the thought that the government is a sort of 'Messiah' or saviour. The change needed for progress will not come from the government because the failed political and economic system is the making of the people.

    Secondly, Africans should be reminded of the importance of hardwork and discipline as the only ways of being successful and of remaining successful.
    Most of the people belonging to the African elite are too focussed on having more money and material acquisition. Education is usually seen as a way of getting a good job (and of course being paid a fat salary) , and of impressing people with complicated explanations of simple things. The so-called elite and the businesspersons become complascent as soon as they make money.

    We've had cases of people who would call themselves human-rights activists; but as soon as they are in government they start doing the same thing they've critizised again and again.

    And there is so much belief in the myth that every good thing will come as long as you can pray and trust God. Africans take their belief in God too far; thinking that God would do what he has given them wisdom to do. No nation has become great by abandoning her fate to God and prayers but I know that most African nations are into the 'prayers and no planning' thing.

    Attitudinal change is important for the purpose of building strong and sustianable economic and political systems. One can keep blaming African leaders......but dont forget that leaders are neither aliens nor spirits. They come from the people.
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      Oct 6 2012: Feyisayo,

      How do these children change their attitude while they live in death and poverty?
      • Oct 6 2012: I dont know where you live; but I was born in Africa, I was raised in Africa, and I've lived here long enough to know that Africans dont live in death and poverty. You are probably relying on the negative media images of Africa that you've seen.
        Most African nations have mineral resources like crude oil, gold, diamond, platinum and so on. There are universities here, and there are thriving businesses;and not a few Africans are educated.

        The question you have not answered is what the educated people of Africa have done to transform the continent. And as I have stated, if you blame the leaders, where are the leaders from?
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          Oct 6 2012: Feyisayo

          How deep is the power base of the tribes in government/s? If there is a leaning towards one group then is it a power struggle due to neo-nepotism? or am i way off the mark completely?

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