Magazine article New African

President of the US-Based Council of Young African Leaders

Magazine article New African

President of the US-Based Council of Young African Leaders

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"I can't speak for all the young people I know, but the 50th anniversary of the Organisation of African Unity/African Union, is not something many youths will really be interested in celebrating. Most of us believe that the organisations have failed Africans.

"On many occasions, young Africans have wanted the AU to pay attention to them and their needs and really listen to what they have to say. But the AU has not taken heed. The OAU didn't listen to young people in its time either, and failed them. Both organisations have failed to recognise the potential of young Africans and what they could bring to the table. Young Africans have a lot to offer, as the Arab Spring showed and they are not waiting for older people, or the old organisations, to say 'yes' or say 'no'.

"Young Africans today are saying: 'If change is going to take place, it will take place on our terms.' This is because the African Union failed young Africans in Libya, in Egypt, in Tunisia. …

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