Challenges for a youthful continent
Africa will have the youngest population in the world by the end of the century. Policies of each African country should be geared towards making the continent more youth-friendly and address issues such as rapid population growth and urbanisation, according to the Unicef
report. Other issues that should be addressed include the high rates of adolescent pregnancies expected over the next 15 years. In countries such as Niger, where child marriage of girls under the age of 18 is at 76%, it is important that women’s rights are central to change and growth in the region.
It is also imperative to pay special attention to Nigeria as it is expected to have the highest number of births on the continent. By 2050, one in every 11 of the world’s babies will be born in Nigeria, which will experience more than 360m births in the next 35 years.