African Journal of
Political Science and International Relations

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Pol. Sci. Int. Relat.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0832
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPSIR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 392


The need for political awareness for Africa’s younger generation

Maurice Ekpenyong
Malami Leadership Foundation (MlfDn), Nigeria
Email: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 15 February 2013
  •  Published: 31 May 2013


Is it democracy that in Africa, where majority of its population are below forty years old, elect majority of its leaders, who are above sixty years of age, to power? Are we really satisfied with the way our countries are being governed by leaders of that age group whom are not in touch with the realities/expectations of the moment? Take for example, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Cameroun, Malawi and Liberia where the heads of government are at the ages of eighty-six, eighty-three, seventy-nine, seventy-six and seventy five. Should it not bother us that at the age people generally take retirement and rest, our politicians actually become eligible to be at the helm of affairs? Why is it that people below forty are considered as political kids? Our nations desperately need young leaders who personify energy, enthusiasm, morality, and diligence. No doubt we have progressed a lot in the last fifty years or so, but the development pace would have been completely different had some young torchbearers led this process of development.


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