BBC holds debate in Malawi on Africa’s youth population

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) will hold its monthly Africa debate on Africa’s youth population  at the College of Medicine Sports Complex, Blantyre.

To take place on January 30 with anticipated 100-plus participants, the topic of discussion will be “Africa’s Youth Population; An Opportunity or Risk?”

The BBC’s Nkem Ifejika and Nomsa Maseko will co-host the discussion iwhich will ask if the recent population explosion in Africa can be used to propel economic growth – or if it could backfire.bbc-africa-debate

The audience for the debate will include young professionals, young politicians, students, young entrepreneurs, youth leaders, girls and young women, youth with disabilities, and other young activists who will share their views and ask questions.

Malawi’s Youth Consultative Forum (YCF) says it has been observed that Africa’s population is youthful with an average age of 18 in the Sub-Saharan region.

“For instance, economists say that the youth population has the potential to drive economic growth. However, questions have been asked on whether the Africa’s youth population is catalysing or suffocating economic growth. What needs be done to harness the potential power of Africa’s youth?”

The BBC Africa Debate is a monthly radio discussion broadcast globally on BBC World Service.

And the Malawi Programme will be recorded in the morning of Thursday, 30 January, for a broadcast on Friday, 31 January, from 19:00 GMT.

YCF  has been offered 30 seats at the event .

The BBC has invited the Youth Consultative Forum (YCF) out of an audience of over 100 participants.

Africa growing youth population has recently been the centre of policy debate among development stakeholders including politicians and economists.

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