Young African Think'rs Convention
"We guarantee Africa able and strategic leaders, when morally and ethically grounded young people begin to identify their personal calling within the national vision."
“Opportunities are slim in Africa. I tried to start my own business but it failed in its early stages as a start-up. I tried to join in what my friends were doing but theirs didn’t make it either. Now my hope is to migrate to the western world, secure some job and earn good money for my family,”
– The African Youth
Such common stories in every African country paves the way for voluntary brain-drain to take place. This has left the cradle of civilization far behind in today’s world. A personal vision that does not plug into the direction of where a nation is going contributes negatively to it. This is because it is the collective mentality, vision and direction of individuals that determines the destiny of the nation as a whole.
Our leaders gathered in the AU, in Jan 2015, and put down Agenda 2063 – a comprehensive vision for the continent of Africa. The direction of the nation was laid out, aspirations stated and action plans set into motion. But we believe that until the youth of Africa know, capture and take on this vision, we risk not having a generation to receive the baton. However, to see our aspirations come to realization, we will need to ensure that Africa will fall into the hands of leaders who live in view of the great destiny envisioned, founded on carefully selected African values.
As aspiration 5 says, we are longing for an Africa with a strong cultural identity, common heritage, values and ethics. It is when the youth of Africa become enlightened with the bigger vision of where their nation is going, while also equally equipped with sound moral values and ethics, that our true renaissance can become a reality. We guarantee Africa able and strategic leaders, when morally and ethically grounded young people begin to identify their personal calling within the national vision.
In Agenda 2063, Aspiration 6 states that it is the creativity, energy and innovation of Africa’s youth that will be the driving force behind the continent’s political, social, cultural and economic transformation. This, in conjunction with the aspirations in Aspiration 5, is what the Young African Think’rs convention aims to address.