In a bid to promote and popularise the African Union’s vision of #TheAfricaWeWant through the #Agenda2063 initiative, AUDA-NEPAD named five African youths to be champions and help them get the message to as many youths on the continent as possible.
The African Union recognises the importance of youth voices as they are the majority on the continent and are the ones who will be alive in 2063 to realise the dream of a prosperous Africa.
The five youth champions who were also recognised for their entrepreneurial actions, resilience and activities are:
- Angele Messa, an award-winning Education Technology Entrepreneur and founder of Kamer Big Bang (EduClick). Kamer Big Bang specialises in alternative education solutions for those who cannot access formal learning.
- Silas Adekunle, a technology entrepreneur known for creating the world’s first intelligent gaming robot. At the age of 26, Silas is part of Forbes’ latest 30 Under 30 list for European Technology.
- Mogau Seshoene, founder of The Lazy Makoti, a business she started after leaving the corporate world to focus on her love for food. She not only offers cooking lessons, but aims to preserve South African cuisine and its heritage.
- Ndeu Stefan Naukushu, CEO of Africa Productivity Specialists, an operations and productivity improvement company that harnesses tech of the 4IR. He implements solutions that use enabling tech of AI, big data, blockchain and mobile apps.
- Edzai Conilias Zvobwo, Edzai Conilias Zvobwo, founder of the MathsGenius Leadership Institute believes that Africa has the capacity to solve its issues given the rich philosophical and cultural diversity on the continent. He is convinced that Africa’s people need to be trained to become prolific problem solvers and that subjects like mathematics and coding can be used as vehicles to achieve social and economic upliftment of Africans.
Speaking at the conference held in Johannesburg on the 9th and 10th of April 2019, Reach Robotics founder and head engineer, Silas Adekunle emphasized on the need for African countries to provide their youth with conducive environments to be able to thrive. “My love for robotics flourished after I moved to the United Kingdom where I had everything I needed to prosper in my chosen vocation”, said Silas as part of his acceptance speech.
There is a dire need for the African Union and other multi-lateral institutions working in Africa to ensure that the youth are at the centre of their programs not just as beneficiaries but as co-creators of their reality. This can be achieved if more youths are given an opportunity to be office-bearers in both state and non-state organnizations.
Aspirations for the “Africa We Want”:
- A prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development
- An integrated continent, politically united and based on the ideals of Pan-Africanism and the vision of Africa’s Renaissance
- An Africa of good governance, democracy, respect for human rights, justice and the rule of law
- A peaceful and secure Africa
- An Africa with a strong cultural identity, common heritage, shared values and ethics
- An Africa whose development is people-driven, relying on the potential of African people, especially its women and youth, and caring for children
- Africa as a strong, united and influential global player and partner