Lackluster youth involvement means entrepreneurship opportunities are going to waste.
It is no secret that many western or foreign businesses have found
fertile grounds for profit-making in African countries. Africans are
usually excited to hear that another foreign business is coming to their
area. Supposedly it shows that globalization is taking place and that
the African continent is not being left out. But this trend also points a
rather more disturbing trend: African youth’s lack of interest in
There are a wide range of business opportunities in the agricultural
and other sectors that African youth can take advantage, but their lack
of interests leaves these opportunities to be grabbed by foreign
entrepreneurs. Why should we have a Kentucky Fried Chicken in Accra,
Ghana, or Lagos, Nigeria? Kentucky is located in the Southern U.S.A.
What’s it doing here?
In his speech at the 6th Africa Agriculture Science Week side
event “Opportunities for Sub-regional Collaboration” this 16th of July,
Madivamba Rukuni encouraged youth to actively take part in developing
their respective African country through entrepreneurship. Rukuni
urged, ”Why don’t you fry your own African chicken and offer it in a
better, more attractive way than KFC?”
There is nothing wrong with a young African deciding to raise
chickens in a sizable and healthy space and then offering the chicken in
a palatable and appetizing way to interested buyers. That way, we can
have an African youth, raising his or her chicken in Africa and selling
that chicken in Africa – the money stays here for the economic
development of our owncontinent. The chicken scenario is just
one example; other examples are as numerous as the imagination of
African youth will permit.
If young people can wake up to the numerous business opportunities
available to them within their own country and even the continent, they
will be able harness these resources and ensure that Africa is indeed
feeding Africa. Blogpost by Toluwani Adekunle, a social media reporter for AASW6.
Photo: Carsten ten Brink