South Africa, Nigeria seal settlement geared toward altering Africa’s narrative on world stage

President Mohammadu Buhari with President Cyril Ramaphosa.

President Mohammadu Buhari with President Cyril Ramaphosa.

  • Nigeria and South Africa’s youth dialogue seeks to advertise youth participation in peace and safety, youth improvement, and politics.
  • South Africa and Nigeria as continental leaders in well-liked tradition ought to improve their share of the worldwide market, mentioned SA’s deputy excessive commissioner in Nigeria.
  • Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari warned that sidelining the youth would trigger bother for the continent.

South Africa and Nigeria, the 2 largest economies in Africa, ought to take cost in altering the African narrative to the world by way of their youth.

That is based on Bobby Moroe, the deputy excessive commissioner at South Africa’s Excessive Fee in Nigeria, two days after the 2 nations signed the historic Nigeria-South Africa Youth Dialogue for Peace and Safety, Youth Improvement, and Political Participation.

“Each South African and Nigerian youth are formidable, enthusiastic, energetic, and promising. They’re an asset to each nations and the remainder of the continent. Lots of them are tech-savvy and concerned in on-line enterprise actions by way of social media,” he mentioned.

As well-liked tradition ambassadors, personalities from each nations had damaged by way of new boundaries on the world stage. For instance, Nigerian musician Wizkid’s music Essence is positioned twenty third on Apple Music’s US prime 100 Songs of 2021 and quantity 84 on Apple Music UK’s Prime 100 Songs of 2021.

South Africa’s Trevor Noah will this yr host the world’s largest music awards present, The Grammys, for the second time. He already made historical past when he turned the primary African to host The Grammys in 2018. He adopted that up by being one of many presenters at The Academy Awards (Oscars) in 2019.

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With a lot potential, Moroe mentioned the 2 African nations had been “higher positioned to intentionally work collectively to demystify the stigma connected to the notion that Africa is wealthy with mineral assets, but stays house to the poorest individuals… Little has been completed to vary the present narrative.”

He added that the 2 nations had been the continent’s leaders in exporting way of life and tradition developments to the world, however solely loved 5% of the share.

“Africa, usually, Nigeria and South Africa extra significantly, has at all times been sources of creativity and inspiration for non-African world designers, musicians, painters and different classes of artists. But the continent accounts for less than 5% of those industries,” Moroe mentioned, including that this may very well be modified if the youth got here collectively.

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Talking to journalists after the signing of the memorandum of understanding in Abuja, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari mentioned each nations had a mixed inhabitants of 262 million individuals with 95 million of these falling underneath the youth demographic.

But when the youth weren’t given a starring position, it will create issues for the continent.

“This sizeable youth inhabitants may additionally signify important issues if we fail to maximise their potential in a world the place globalisation and expertise are reshaping at breakneck velocity,” he mentioned.

The Nigeria-South Africa Youth Dialogue was based on the idea that each nations want a extra educated, expert youth inhabitants that is additionally foregrounded in entrepreneurship and solution-driven.

Lenin Ndebele is the News24 Africa Desk journalist. The News24 Africa Desk is supported by the Hanns Seidel Basis. The tales produced by way of the Africa Desk and the opinions and statements that could be contained herein don’t mirror these of the Hanns Seidel Basis.


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