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Youths Owns Key To Africa’s Growth – Prof Adesanmi

Posted: Mar 24, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Director, Institute of African Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, Prof. Pius Adesanmi, has stated that growing youth population remains the only untapped potential that Africa needs to achieve greatness. According to him, the youth demography across Africa is the only hope that could help Africa emerge from its cocoon of underdevelopment to a continent of great achievers.

While speaking at the event, he said the relative success achieved so far by the youths in Nigeria in the areas of I.T, Nollywood and the music industry, in spite of governments inefficiency and uncaring nature is a pointer to the fact that engaged youths, with innovation, invention, entrepreneurship and potential capacity will lift the continent above the rest of the world in a short time from now.

He said this recently in Lagos, at the 5th Innovention Series, organized by Verdant Zeal, with the theme: ‘’The Next Big Thing; Identifying Africa’s Untapped Potential,” while delivering his speech on the topic; ‘Iyalaya Anybody: Pencils, Nigerian Innovation, and Africa’s Path in the 21st Century’.

The Professor of English said the scramble for the future, “started by the United Nations (UN), with her sustainable development goals for 2030, continued by the European Commission’s vision 2050, titled; ‘’The Knowledge Future: Intelligent Policy Choices for Europe 2050”, China’s Vision 2050, United Arab Emirates vision 2021, mapped out in a document built around what she calls a “competitive knowledge economy.” Adesanmi said his resolve was borne out of the fact; “that texts from all the vision statements agreed that with the global shift from resources to human capital development, the youth demographic is the next big thing – the single most strategic key in creating prosperous societies of the future, which Africa is boasting of in over abundance and if the overwhelming emphasis on the youth demographic is taken out of any of these documents, the lofty dreams, hope, vision, promise, and aspiration contained therein will collapse completely.”

He said unlike Asia and Africa that are at peace with the emerging trend, Europe is worried because her population is aging and she does not have the youth demographic that could sustain her competitiveness in the sort of innovation-dependent future determined by the restless and borderless scope of youth innovation, creativity, genius, and invention.

The Chairman, Verdant Zeal, Prince Femi Oyewole, in his speech, said as global trends keep changing and world economic indices continue to defy predictions, it has become more evident that to be relevant and more so to make an impact as a business or organization, it is key to have our sights on the bigger picture; that is, a vision that has the propensity to influence business, policy and the economy wherever we go.

Oyewole said: “For Nigeria in particular, it is safe to say that as a nation we are rightfully positioned for the Next Big Thing – Strong Population, Variety of good natural, Industrial, creative and artistic resources along with a host of other factors that stand in our favor to catalyze us to untold greatness.”

He said the lecture was created as one of the contributions of the organisation for providing thought leadership for the growth of Nigeria and Africa in general.