Addis Ababa, February 4, 2022/ENA/ It is essential to provide more opportunities for young people in Africa to realize the ideals of Pan-Africanism which aspire to the common goal of development and prosperity on the continent, the diplomats underlined Africans.
Pan-Africanism is a movement that strives to create a sense of brotherhood and collaboration among all the peoples of Africa with a view to bringing about development and prosperity.
Addressing ENA, the diplomats stressed the need to provide more opportunities for African youth to realize the ideals of Pan-Africanism.
A South Sudanese diplomat, John Yohenes, said that unlike other continents, there is statistical evidence that the majority of people on the African continent are young. In order to achieve the ideals of Pan-Africanism, efforts must be reorganized to provide more opportunities for African youth.
“We need to create platforms for young Africans to interact and discuss how they are advancing the agenda of Pan-Africanism,” Yohenes added.
According to him, driving a continental agenda without adequately addressing youth issues on the continent would be difficult to realize the ideals of Pan-Africanism.
“Young people are the future of Africa, however, currently young Africans are migrating in search of a better life abroad which will ultimately diminish the success of Pan-Africanism. We need to keep our young people here and provide them with better opportunities so that they can be champions of Pan-Africanism,” he said.
A Zambian diplomat, Andrew Silumesii, for his part said that in order to make pan-Africanism a success, the continent should come together and develop a common strategy to achieve its goals.
According to him, Africa has come together and developed a common strategy to move the COVID response forward. Along the same lines, “we need to do this on many other issues that affect Africa in terms of economic participation,” Silumesii said.
“Currently, we only have a small fraction of the global economy. However, by coming together as an African country and recognizing our common values and history, we will be able to achieve more as an African continent,” said he explained.
The fact that Africans have similar values and issues on the continent “will help us work together towards a common goal. Our unity as a continent will allow us to find our place in the global community,” the diplomat added.