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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 — 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 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 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 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 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

The 77 Percent – Should voting be made compulsory?

Young people in The Gambia and Nigeria aren't showing up in large numbers to register to vote in presidential elections. And that development has left some people suggesting that voting should be made mandatory. Find out what the youth think in this week's edition of The 77 Percent.
22 Jun 2021 20 min

The 77 Percent - Prevalence of substance abuse

On the 77 percent this week, we will hear why many youths in Zimbabwe have ventured into illicit and dangerous drugs such as crystal meth, scientifically known as methamphetamine. Observers blame the use of addictive substances on peer pressure, idleness, and unemployment. Join the debate!
2 Jun 2021 19 min

The 77 Percent - Agriculture, the new trend among young people in Africa

There exist a network of more than 6000 young farmers in Zimbabwe who are connected through various digital platforms. They are motivating African youth who often find it difficult to secure jobs in their trained professions, to look towards agriculture. In this week’s 77 Percent show, we find out whether…
19 May 2021 20 min

The 77 Percent - Impact of Colonization

On the show this week, we are looking at colonization. What impact has colonialism had in Africa? We’ll hear from some young people in Namibia — a former German colony — and from Liberia, which is said to have never been colonized. Join the debate!
4 May 2021 19 min
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