The Future is African: How African Youth Can Embrace Values and Identity


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Africa is a continent brimming with vibrant cultures, traditions, and a rich history.

Young Africans are uniquely positioned to shape the continent’s future. If only they understood the importance of cultural diversity and the multitude of languages, traditions, and customs that make Africa so unique.

By celebrating this diversity and fostering open dialogue within communities, young people can bridge gaps and create a more unified Africa.

Among many of Africa’s core values are respect for elders, a strong sense of community, and communal living, which are essential for a strong society.

H.E. Ambassador Dr. Arikana Chihombori Quao, a medical doctor, public speaker, educator, entrepreneur, and staunch Pan African activist, said young people can uphold these values by showing respect, empathy, and solidarity in their daily lives, both at home and in their communities.

“This ensures these traditions remain relevant for future generations,’’ Chihombori said.

However, she added that youth are not just about preserving the past but also bring fresh perspectives, innovation, and creativity to the table.

This will allow them to shape the narrative around African identity and values Chihombori adds.

If we could only empower young leaders and advocate for cultural preservation, communities could ensure their heritage remains a central part of who they are.

She noted that education, mentorship, and opportunities for civic engagement are crucial to equipping young leaders with the tools they need to champion their culture with integrity and pride.

The future of Africa is bright because of its youth. They can breathe new life into traditions by blending them with modern approaches.

“Imagine new forms of artistic expression, storytelling, and cultural exchange that resonate with a global audience!” she stated.

This fusion of old and new can make Africa’s rich heritage relevant and accessible, not just within the continent but on a worldwide scale.

In a world that’s constantly evolving, it’s crucial to hold on to this heritage. The answer lies with Africa’s most dynamic force, which is its youth.

By embracing values and identity, Africa’s youth are not just caretakers of the past but architects of the future.

Africa’s youth population, comprising 19% of the global youth population, is predicted to increase by 42% by 2030.

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