Graffiti artists from Mathare Roots Youth Organisation in front of their latest mural advocating safety practices to curb the spread of COVID-19 at Mathare in Nairobi, Kenya, 2020. Photo: Tony Karumba/AFP

The youth make up 75% of sub-Saharan Africa’s total population. Even at a broader level, almost 200 million people aged between 15 and 24 live in Africa. It has the youngest population in the world. In addition, some 60% of the continent’s unemployed population is made up of young people. Another, sometimes overlooked, challenge posed by Africa’s youthful unemployed is a growing trend of educated but jobless young people. Based on current trends, 59% of 20-24-year-olds will have secondary education in 2030 compared to 42% today.

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Raphael Obonyo is a public policy analyst. He’s served as a consultant with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). An alumnus of Duke University, he has authored and co-authored numerous books, including Conversations about the Youth in Kenya (2015). He is a TEDx fellow and has won various awards.