Nigeria’s music legend, Innocent Ujah Idibia popularly known as TuBaba, graced the 2018 AGA Regional Youth Consultations going on currently in Gaborone in Botswana.
The session, which was slated for the second day of the consultations, was moderated by Edwin Ikhuoria of ONE Campaign.
TuBaba in his speech, reacted to the level of poverty and out-of-school children accros the African continent.
“Half of African youths between the ages 15-17 are out of school. That is over 93 million children and youths are out of school with 51 million of them being girls. Thess as far as I’m concerned, are massive disasters waiting to happen, which will definitely come back to affect me and you.”, he said.
He further stated that is it is predicted that the African population will double by the year 2050.
“You can imagine the number of people who will be out of school and also those who’ll graduate from school without hopes of employment.”, he quipped.
He also highlighted the growth of terror in Africa despite the continent’s beauty. He said; “Opportunities are vanishing from the continent and so many Africans are dying daily right here in Africa due to conflicts and terrorism as well as poor healthcare system.”
TuBaba lamented the brain-drain across the continent as so many young Africans are leaving the continent in droves in search of better opportunities.
“Right now, young Africans have little or no hope to the point that they will rather die trying to migrate than wait for opportunities to be created by their respective governments.”, TuBaba lamented.
He however, did not miss the opportunity to call on his creative counterparts and the media to showcase Africa in good light. He said; “I call upon journalists in Africa to sell positive stories about Africa. Be true to the cause of building an Africa that we want. As artists, we have a responsibility to use our craft to address social injustices in our communities, including corruption.”
TuBaba rounded up his speech by answering questions from the audience and also singing his vintage masterpiece; “African Queen”.
The session showcased examples of initiatives by young people especially anti-corruption campaigns, youth organisations and networks that are helping to address the prevention, mitigation and management of corruption in Africa.
This session provided participants front seat access into the realities of fighting corruption and how they can also implement such initiatives within their own context.