The African Continental Free Trade Agreement, coupled with the implementation of the EBAFOSA Compliance Standards, offers Africa an opportunity like never before, says Dr Richard Munang.
A young graduate in the Kenyan capital Nairobi is trying to find a job using an unusual tactic. He’s standing by the side of busy roads holding a placard on which his credentials and contacts are scribbled. Gilbert Mutai told This Is Africa he’s been trying to look for work for six months with little success. He hopes this new tact will bring him better luck.
Young graduates seeking jobs in South Africa and Nigeria have struck upon an interesting new way to catch the attention of potential employers: holding placards with their academic credentials in the streets. Several graduates have already landed interviews and jobs using this method. Though many sympathize, some think the young job seekers are taking it too far.
Uganda has been plagued by high numbers of cases of human trafficking of young people to the middle east. Due to a lack of stringent laws and minimum government intervention, it continues to be a large problem. Alex Taremwa explores the high youth unemployment rate in Uganda and how it feeds this dangerous form of modern slavery.
Nigeria has revealed plans to train 10,000 unemployed youths a year to work in the Delta region in an attempt to stop them attacking and stealing oil from pipelines, reports have revealed. Militant groups have in the past used prevailing economic hardships around the areas they operate in to recruit new members.
About 500 shopkeepers and their family members who have immigrated from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Pakistan and Somalia have been forced to abandon their businesses and flee for their lives after they came under attack from residents in the greater Grahamstown area last week. There were more confirmed cases of looting this Monday.
“There is going to be blood this year if my party doesn’t win,” said the young man Tanzania, and his fellows cheered him on. For a country that is deemed to be a harbour of peace, it is especially scary to hear passionate young people throwing words like blood around in conversation, as if it were nothing. Yes we want change, but what price are we willing to pay for the change? Can this change also be peaceful?