The 77 Percent

DEUTSCHE WELLE  |  Podcast , ±18 min episodes every 6 days  | 
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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The 77 Percent - Husbands taking on their wives' last names?

It has been a longstanding tradition for women to change their surnames to match their partner's once they get married. But on this week's 77 Percent show, young people across South, East, West Africa tell us what they think about men taking their wives' last names. They also share their thoughts on a new phenomenon of couples bearing both their surnames and making it double-barrelled.

The 77 Percent — Wrangles over the constitution

Constitutional reform is a tactic used by some African leaders to extend their stay in office. The Ivory Coast, Uganda, Rwanda and Guinea are among those affected. Recently Gambia's parliament rejected a new draft constitution after spending over $2 million. Why? Listen to DW'S Omar Wally and his young panelists to find out. Also, young Malawians tell us what they think of their constitution.

The 77 Percent — Is democracy in Africa at risk?

There's a general feeling that democracy is being eroded in sub-Saharan Africa. The presidents of Guinea and Ivory Coast are gearing up for controversial third term bids. In Tanzania and Uganda, incumbent presidents are suppressing critics and the opposition ahead of elections. We talk to young people in East Africa on how they would like to be involved more in shaping their region's future.

The 77 Percent — The Nigerian mafia infiltrates Italy

We investigate the shadowy world of human trafficking and speak to former victims of the Nigerian mafia in Italy. We meet a young woman who returned to Ghana after studying abroad in Canada to start and events company for fellow Ghanaians. Listen to find out more on this week’s #The77Percent.

The 77Percent: Reggae music in Africa

In this week’s #The77Percent, we are looking at reggae culture among the youth. Reggae music, which began in Jamaica in the '60s, continues to be popular among young Africans. But many people link reggae with crime and drug abuse. DW correspondents Omar Wally in The Gambia and Isaac Kaledzi in Ghana discuss with some young people about the misconception of reggae music.

The 77 Percent - Economic pressure forcing Malawians to have smaller families

Africa’s population is expected to double over the next 18 years but that is only one part of the story. In Northern and Southern Africa, families are getting smaller. This is also happening in other parts of Africa albeit at a slower pace. In this edition of the 77 Percent, Malawians say economic pressure is a major reason why they are having fewer children. Listen to find out more.

77 percent - Young Africans "fault" officials for COVID-19 surge

Some African youths accuse their leaders of mishandling the coronavirus crisis - as infections on the continent have surpassed one million. They argue that the toll would be less, if they had imposed lockdown in time. On this week's 77 percent, we hear from young people in South Africa, Nigeria and Uganda.

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