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The 77 Percent

77 percent of Africans are younger than 35. But they are also the least represented demographic. It's time their voices are heard as they shape the future of Africa. We bring you hard-hitting reports, personal stories and lively discussion direct from the continent about the issues that matter most.
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60 Episodes
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The 77 Percent — Is Senegal sending a message to young Africans?

Senegal swore in Bassirou Diomaye Faye on Tuesday. He becomes the youngest African president. Nigeria's Bola Tinubu is 72 and Ghana's Nana Akuffo-Addo is 80. But Africa's oldest leader is Cameroon's Paul Biya, aged 91. So, is Faye's victory a sign that Africa's youth are ready to lead? Listen to…
2 Apr 19 min

New Year's resolutions: Why do they fail?

As 2024 gets underway, I'm pretty sure we want to start on the right foot. Some people have already made resolutions for the year, which may include keeping fit, saving more cash, or even studying harder. But now the question is: Why don't the majority of people stick to their…
5 Jan 19 min

Has Christmas lost its meaning among young Africans?

Christmas, for many people, is a holiday season that provides opportunities for families to reunite. It also allows us to take a break from our daily routine and reflect on the year gone by. But is Christmas, which celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, losing its meaning? How has the…
20 Dec 2023 19 min

The 77 Percent — Military Career Among Young Africans

In Gabon which was hit by a coup d'état one month ago, joining the ranks of the army in the post-coup era is more than a source of pride for young people. In Cameroon, close to 30,000 youths, 35 percent of them women, have applied to fill 3,000 positions in…
3 Nov 2023 19 min

The 77 Percent — Do children ruin marriages?

Becoming parents is something many couples look forward to – getting to know a tiny baby, raising a child, developing a relationship with a maturing son or daughter. And building a family together. Sounds nice, but do children ruin romantic relationships?
4 Apr 2023 19 min

The 77 Percent —What are the solutions to youth unemploment

Many countries continue to grapple with a high number of unemployed youth. In Uganda, for example, about 1.2 million graduates are currently jobless and many more are entering the job market every year. And South Africa has once again taken the top spot on the continent in terms of the…
10 Mar 2023 19 min

The 77 Percent — Global celebrities snub Africa in world tours

Africa is almost always excluded from major world tours organized by global record labels. On this week's show we discuss why celebrities like Beyonce ignore Africa in their world tours, despite having a huge fan base. We get to hear from some of the youth in Ghana and South Africa.
16 Feb 2023 19 min

The 77 Percent —Corruption in South Sudan and Cameroon

Did you know that South Sudan is the world's second most corrupt country, after Somalia, according to a recent TI report? Equatorial Guinea, Burundi, Zimbabwe, Liberia, and Cameroon are among African countries that scored the lowest in the fight against corruption. Although Cameroon has imprisoned nearly 40 former ministers, including…
10 Feb 2023 19 min

The 77 Percent — Will Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh ever see justice?

Gambia’s former president Yahya Jammeh has been accused of human rights violations during his 22-year rule. Victims and human rights activists hope that he will face justice, but many Gambians remain sceptical. Listen to this week’s show to find out why.
20 Oct 2021 19 min

The 77 Percent - Welcoming Afghan evacuees

On the 77 percent this week, we get to hear what the youth in Uganda think about their country taking in Afghan evacuees. Uganda and Rwanda have agreed to take in Afghan evacuees but countries like Namibia and South Africa have refused. Is it fair for a government to reject…
7 Sep 2021 19 min

The 77 Percent — Should Gambia relax its laws on abortion?

Women in The Gambia cannot have an abortion. The termination of a pregnancy is a controversial issue in the West African nation, where strong religious views and restrictive laws push many women to use unsafe methods. The Gambia reflects a broader trend across much of Africa. On this week’s edition…
13 Jul 2021 19 min
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