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African cerebrum channel: ‘90% of my companions need to leave’

Ayoade Oni, who is set to study Computer Science at university, wants to move to Canada

Another study of in excess of 4,500 youngsters in Africa, matured 18-24, has seen that as 52% of them are probably going to consider emigrating in the following couple of years, refering to monetary difficulty and training open doors as the top reasons. The BBC addressed five youngsters in Nigeria and South Africa who said they don’t have a good sense of security in their nations and need admittance to work chances, however for those in Ghana the image looks altogether different.

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“The Nigerian weakness is so horrifying,” says 18-year-old Ayoade Oni from Lagos. This is one of the principal reasons he needs to leave Nigeria.

Last year he was almost captured “out so everyone can see”. He was coming back from the telephone mechanics shop when a posse moved toward him, requesting he hand over his effects.

He opposed and was “strolling exceptionally quick” to attempt to move away. He assumed he had found shelter when he staggered on a close by shop with individuals inside who attempted to bait him in, letting him know he was protected with them.

However, it was a snare.

Out of nowhere, a transport driver pulled up and cautioned him individuals were “ruffians”, educating him to get inside the vehicle. “That saved me that day,” he reviews.

Nigeria is right now confronting a grabbing for emancipate emergency, with culprits gathering a great many dollars throughout the long term, as indicated by a Lagos-based think-tank.

“I can’t go out around evening time, my folks won’t permit me,”

Mr Oni said. They have set him a time limit to be home by 18.30 every evening.

A “high joblessness rate, chronic weakness area, low expectation for everyday life [and] practically no open positions”, are different reasons Mr Oni refers to for needing to leave the country.

Concerning at last finding a new line of work after he graduates with a degree in Computer Science, he isn’t hopeful. Most alumni are left with no choice except for to vie for the

“couple of business positions accessible, with a great many people being utilized by associations or defilement”, he said.

Assuming that he left Nigeria, and migrated to Canada where he has his heart set on, he would have zero desire to move back. A large portion of his companions feel something similar: “90% while possibly not every one of them” need out, he says.

The measurements from the African Youth Survey 2022, did in 15 nations by the South African Ichikowitz Family Foundation, back up Mr Oni’s negativity.

Youthful Nigerians have the most regrettable assessment in the entire mainland about the bearing their nation is going, with 95% making statements are going seriously. Of every one of those reviewed, simply 28% felt emphatically about the direction of their country.

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The world needs to wake up and invest in Africa, so that young Africans do not feel they have to move abroad to achieve their dreams at the expense of their home countries, according to the man behind the survey, Ivor Ichikowitz.

“It’s bigger than a brain drain,”

Mr Ichikowitz told the BBC Newsday programme. “This group of people, 18 to 24 year olds in Africa, are saying:

‘We are going to improve our lives, even if it means having to up and leave and go somewhere else.'”

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He said the fact so many young Africans wanted to move abroad could cause a migration crisis, describing it as “alarming”.

In the previous edition of the African Youth Survey conducted before the pandemic, most of the young people interviewed wanted to stay in their home nation and build a life for themselves there, Mr Ichikowitz said.

A lot of the young people his foundation spoke to wanted to move to South Africa, Europe or the US. But although South Africa was seen as “the holy grail” for many in other African countries, those in South Africa begged to differ, and wanted to move to the US or Europe, he said.

It is in the interests of the whole world to keep young Africans, who estimates say will make up 42% of the world’s young people by 2030,

“constructively engaged in Africa”, Mr Ichikowitz said.

That is exactly what some young people in Ghana who the BBC spoke to plan on doing.

Ghanaians feel the second-most positive on the continent about the future of their country after Rwanda, with 56% saying they are pleased.

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Julius Kwame Anthony wants to stay in Ghana, saying it’s possible to thrive there

“I can make it in Ghana because even though there are not strong institutions, and our systems seem to be weak – the lack of these could also mean that a smart social climber can break those barriers,”

says 24-year-old Julius Kwame Anthony, the head of the National Union of Ghana Students.

“Relocating abroad may look rosy but nothing is really promised out there,” he continues.

Similar sentiments were echoed by 33-year-old businessman Ernest Larmie: “This is home, if I’m able to solve the problems here, when the next generation comes, they can also benefit ,” he says, questioning the logic behind moving abroad, just to help another country develop at the expense of your own.

‘Women are not safe’

But for others, passionate arguments about developing their community will not wash, and the trauma they have faced in their home country has left them itching to leave.

One young South African woman, who requested to remain anonymous, says the high crime rate in the country has made her want to emigrate, on top of her struggles to find a job since graduating last year.

She says she was raped in 2019 while walking from campus to her student accommodation and has not felt safe since.

Pre-pandemic, between 2018 and 2019, sexual assault and rape counted among the crimes in the country with the biggest increases.

“It just feels like the odds are against us as young women. Not only can we not roam the streets safely, we are also battling with unemployment.”

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Mapula Maake wants the government to change the school curriculum to equip students with skills for the job market

Another young South African woman, Mapula Maake, 23, agrees that the employment situation in South Africa is poor, and this is why she is thinking of moving abroad.

“Migration might be the only solution to this rather saturated job market,”

she says.

In March South Africa recorded a record high unemployment rate of 35.3%.

Ms Maake describes it as a “national crisis” and pleads that

“the government should be taking steps to invest in graduates”.

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