According to the United Nations Population Division, in 2015 there were 1.2 billion youth in the world ages 15-24. 226 million of this age group lives in Africa, accounting for 19% of the global youth population.
In the past decade we have seen an emergence of young people in politics, all over the world. We need not look far, as neighbouring African countries such as Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and many more have Ambassadors, Senators and Governors 35 years old and below.
On The Osasu Show, which is my weekly television programme that focuses on sustainable development in Africa, predominantly Nigeria, I interviewed Kenya’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Yvonne Khamati who was only 22 years old when she was appointed to the East African Parliament. This was quite a revealing interview. Here is what she had to say about Youth Inclusion in Governance and Developing Africa