What is the Agenda 2063? It has been over sixty years that Africans all over the world started dreaming about a tangible Wakanda, an Africa which is practically self-reliant. History will bear us witness that this dream is one of the almost impossible dreams in the world now due to internal and external forces… Sometimes, those who talk about this Wakanda dream don’t walk the talk; those who walk the talk are also eliminated. So what will happen if all Africans decide to walk the talk? Will Africans go extinct for that reason?
The dream is possible if we know the power we have as people! In view of this, the Heads of State and Governments of the African Union (AU) adopted Agenda 2063 at their 24th Ordinary Assembly held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 30-31 January 2015. These seven African Aspirations are also called Agenda 2063 and are aiming at ending poverty, hunger, etc while under a common theme, ‘the Africa we want.’ These seven Aspirations are: Integrated Africa; Prosperous Africa; Democratic Africa; Peaceful Africa; Strong Cultural Identity; People Driven Continent; and International Dynamic Force. In short, African Union dreams of a possible Wakanda in 2063. Will this be possible in 2063? The answer is yes! If we strategise, Africa will develop by then.
“With 200 million people aged between 15 and 24 (the youth bracket), Africa has the youngest population in the world. The current trend indicates that this figure will double by 2045, according to the 2012 African Economic Outlook report prepared by experts from the African Development Bank (AfDB), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the industrialized countries’ Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), among others,” Kingsley Ighobor, 2013.
For Africa to achieve the Agenda 2063, the youth must be empowered to carry out that vision. “Any society that does not succeed in taping into the energy and creativity of its youth will be left behind,” Kofi Annan, Former UN Secretary General. We already know the problems of Africa, because you don’t need the television to show you your community’s poor health system, you already experience it. You don’t need an expert to tell you the unemployment rate, your colleagues who are still home after graduating from the university should do the talking.
Africans in the diaspora, kindly unite and pull your resources together to come and invest in Africa. Recently, the Government of Ghana gave 48 million tonnes of bauxite deposit to China for only $2 billion. With experts analyses, export value for minimum of $15000 per tonne is US$14.4 billion; and export value for maximum of $2182.59 per tonne – US$ 21 billion. China will make their profit just within one month of mining. However, Nyinahin in Ghana has over $400 billion in export value of aluminium with mining life of 300 years. A report from Nielsen revealed that African Americans spend $1.2 trillion in purchases annually. WHAT IS PREVENTING AFRICAN AMERICANS TO COME AND INVEST IN GHANA OR AFRICA?
The African Union Agenda 2063 Youth Summit is a Pan-African youth summit organised by Youth for African Star NGO. It is meant to bring Ghanaian youth and all the diaspora community in Ghana to deliberate on practical ways to make it possible for Africa to be the Wakanda we dream of by 2063. The theme for the summit is, “Engaging The Youth to Achieve The Agenda 2063; Actions Now!” and the venue is Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Training Centre, Teshie, Accra. Date is 13th October, 2018. For sponsorship and enquiries about the summit, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +233560571427 | +233242528549.
No grants, no loans and no foreign aid will make the Agenda 2063 attainable, if Africans do not wake up and realise that we have all the resources, but it is our brain potentials we are refusing to harness. African youth, arise for time for actions are now and now.
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