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We want to hear the lion roar

Africa, slumbering giant. How we long for Africa to wake-up, to hear the lion roar – I am great, I am world-class, I have achieved my full potential.

Africa’s wealth does not lie in its gold, silver, diamonds, or minerals- its wealth lies in its people. People are Africa’s greatest asset. Sub-Saharan Africa is the youngest region in the world. In 2006, 44% of its population was under the age of 15; this is in sharp contrast to Asia, which is home to an ageing population, a shrinking workforce and increased pressure to provide pensions.

There are many challenges around a large youth population- many emanate from high levels of unemployment within this group and a lack of opportunity.

Imagine, if Africa, crafted a continental vision, to turn this around, to educate, train, upskill its young people, and create opportunity. Imagine, Africa the continent working. Africa would be unstoppable.

This achievement requires a continental vision, and the political will, to transform Africa’s youth, through education and skills upliftment and opportunities to a formidable, world-class workforce, capable of competing against the best in the world.

Talentalks applauds initiatives to develop talent in Africa. We want to hear how our continent is developing talent, inspiring young people, and taking Africa one step closer to achieving greatness. Whether you are a business school, university, training provider, consultant, corporate or smme, we would love to hear your story.

Our editorial will focus on Africa every Thursday. We would love you to share your story with us. If you know of any great stories in Africa, please drop me a line:

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