Blog Action Day — “Power of We” on Youth Unemployment in Africa

15 Oct, 2012

I’ve been battling on various topics to focus my article on prior to this post and I can say, the sudden dismissal of about 150 plus young people from an International telecommunication company in Ghana caused me to share on the subject above.

It is extremely overwhelming to hear of such news in today 21st century where one-minute, one is gainfully employed and next minute, one have no job and is unemployed.

Today, October 15, 2012, I joined thousand of bloggers in the world to participate in Blog Action Day (an annual worldwide event where bloggers write about a single topic on October 15 or 16th of every year). The theme for this year’s is “The Power of We” and I’m sharing on Youth Unemployment in Africa and The Power of We.

Among the world’s unemployed, the youth have been particularly hard hit by this global phenomenon. Youth unemployment rates are significantly higher than adult unemployment rates in both developed and developing countries.

In Ghana and most African countries, high youth unemployment is as a result of graduates from both the public and private universities not been prepared for the job market.

Somewhere in July 2012, the BBC World Services posed the question: “Why are so many youths in Africa unemployed?” to its readers. There were several comments but the two comments below caught my attention and they generally speaks for the subject I’m writing on today.

In 2008, the World Bank Report Highlights African Youth Employment Issues in which it states: youth employment is more prevalent in urban areas. Worsening conditions in the rural areas lead to rural-urban migration. This compounds the unemployment challenge in the urban centres.

This is clearly evident in many big cities in Africa including Accra, Lagos, Dakar, Nairobi, Kampala and Johannesburg just to mention a few.

Finding productive employment for the 200 million African Youthss between the ages of 15 and 24 is surely one of the continent’s greatest challenges,” said Obiageli Ezekwesili, World Bank Vice President for the Africa Region.

There’s a chance we (society) and government should place a higher emphasis on the need to inculcate the spirit of Entrepreneurship in students. This I see very necessary because, before the students graduate from their respective courses, they already have an idea about which sector of the market they’ll be exploiting to become business/startup owners rather than start writing application for jobs here and there.

The wind of Entrepreneurship is blowing across the African continent and I urged every young person to jump at the least opportunity that comes his/her way. Mobile is the future for Africa therefore, I urged you all to take leap of faith in starting a business/venture today.

This blog post is Mac-Jordan Degadjor’s contribution to Blog Action Day’s topic ‘Power of We’ on 15 October 2012.

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Mac-Jordan

An award winning blogger, Social Media Entrepreneur & a Travel-geek from Ghana. This the hub of my digital life, ideas and ramblings. Follow my rants on Technology, Africa, Ghana and Tech Start-ups on Twitter --> @MacJordan

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