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African boardrooms should get ready for Gen Z

Africa could be sitting on a goldmine or a landmine depending on how it handles the ever-growing young population. It is estimated that 60 percent of Africa’s 1.2 billion population are under 25 years. This makes Africa the ‘youngest’ continent in regard to its population average.

Most analysts argue that this population bulge poses a great risk for the continent since job opportunities and overall economic development might not be sustainable to absorb them.

Despite the worries, the first batch of the Generation Z (born between 1995 and the early 2000s) are already joining the job market. This is the generation that follows the millennials and are set to take on the current work cultures by storm.

The unique aspect about Gen Z is that they have not known life without tech gadgets such as mobile phones, digital television and internet access.

“Most Gen Zs have likely never posted a letter, read a newspaper, used a library file referencing system – much less an encyclopaedia, searched for content alphabetically, navigated using a map, looked up a number in a phone book, rented a movie, endured a broadcaster’s choice of viewing schedule, bought or used a CD/ DVD, or even used a mobile device with a numeric keypad,” a report by Liquid Telecom, Gen Z Report, said.

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Vincent Matinde is an international IT Journalist highlighting African innovations in the technology scene.

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