The 77 Percent

DEUTSCHE WELLE  |  Podcast , ±19 min episodes every 1 week, 2 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 - From dreams to nightmares - the experience of African migrants

The quest for a better future in a continent starved of opportunities has left many African youths with a dilemma. The journey to Europe and the USA, which has for a long time been sold as the best solution for the realization of dreams, is proving to be a mirage. On this week's 77 Percent, we hear from young African migrants in Sicily, Italy.

The 77 Percent — Do poor kids resent the rich?

As more Africans get wealthier, the gap between the rich and poor is widening along with access to opportunity. Does coming from a rich home guarantee success later in life? Listen to the #the77Percent show to understand how rich and poor kids view themselves.

The 77 Percent - Should cannabis be legalized everywhere in Africa?

Cannabis in Africa is a controversial issue. Its abuse among youths is rampant and that's why it remains illegal in many countries. But this is changing. Zimbabwe, South Africa, Ghana, and recently Rwanda – have amended their laws to allow its cultivation. Youths from Ghana, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone debate the impact of cannabis cultivation in their countries.

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.

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