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This is how the relationship between teenagers and social media is changing

YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat are the most popular online platforms among teens. Fully 95% of teens have access to a smartphone, and 45% say they are online ‘almost constantly’. Until recently, Facebook had dominated the social media landscape among America’s youth – but it is no longer the most popular online platform among teens, according […]

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IYD Statement By Ikanna Okim

Statement By Ikanna Okim, Community Lead Nigeria on International Youth Day 2018. “International Youth Day 2018. The theme for International Youth Day 2018 is Safe Spaces for Youth. Youth need safe spaces where they can come together, engage in activities related to their diverse needs and interests, participate in decision making processes and freely express themselves.” […]

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AYLF Joins 2018 Yenching Scholars

African Young Leaders Fellow Kennedy Ekezie Joins 2018 Yenching Scholars African Young Leaders Fellow Kennedy Ekezie is Class Keynote Speaker Yenching Academy Opening 2018 African Young Leaders are an elite group of Africa’s highest potential young adults (under 21)with unique talents who are creating a conducive ecosystem to build the next generation of accountable governance and nurture […]

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Africa’s mobile youth drive change

Group of students at a university in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo: Africa Media Online/Antony Kaminju The sight of teenagers selling mushrooms using mobile phones is becoming a familiar one in rural Namibia. Namibia Polytechnic faculty member Maurice Nkusi, designer of a cell phone–based curriculum, told the TechDailyNews that most of these children have never even used a […]

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Tech for transparency: We cannot delay!

How can we inspire young people to use technology for promoting transparency and accountability in West Africa? What half a decade working in civic tech in Côte d’Ivoire has taught me about motivating the youth. After more than five years’ experience working in democracy and governance, specialising in citizen participation, election monitoring and advocacy work around transparency and anti-corruption, […]

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AYLF James Okina – The NOT SO typical teenager.

James Okina was being a typical teenager. Three years ago, he was hanging out on the streets of his hometown of Calabar, a port city in southern Nigeria, on his way to watch a soccer match at a secondary school. Then something happened that turned Okina into a very untypical teen. He met a 13-year-old […]

    Never has there been such weighty responsibility on the shoulders of young people. Never has there been the influence in the hands of young people like the influence they carry now. But for Africa to reap the dividends she has longed for, it is up to our generation to make sure that influence is channelled correctly and directed towards relevant issues that affect not only ourselves but generations after us. This can only be achieved if we come together as young people and begin to address the challenges before us as a continent.

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