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 — 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.

77 percent - Day against Human trafficking

Many Africans desperate to improve their lives are falling into the traps of human trafficking networks. Recruitment agencies send migrant workers to Gulf countries, where most of them work under inhumane conditions. Human trafficking is a global problem that affects an estimated 40 million people. On this week's 77 Percent show, young people share some their experiences and lessons learnt.

The 77 Percent: Working from home in Covid-19 times

Digital technology is rapidly replacing face-to-face interactions in the business setting in Africa. Some young people have now readjusted their livelihoods by working from home. But how sustainable can this be? On the 77 Percent show this week you can hear how everyone is coping.

The 77 Percent: COVID 19 disrupts criminal justice system

The COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed the daily lives of people and institutions across the world. Not even the criminal justice system has been spared. Courts, prisons and law firms have had to alter the way they go about their business. This week, the 77 Percent debate hosted by Omar Wally in The Gambia takes on this subject.

77 Percent: Vaccine trials revive old safety debate

South Africa has begun Africa’s first Covid-19 vaccine clinical trials. According to the World Health Organization, there are 220 vaccine candidates in development. Trials are sensitive in Africa due to a past of unethical trials. Listen to this edition of the #77Percent to understand some of the misconceptions surrounding vaccine trials.

The 77 percent: Students want final exams postponed

As talk of a second wave of coronavirus infections sweep across the world, students in Liberia are asking the government to postpone exams which are due in August. In Ghana some parents are worried that schools could be the grounds for new infections. Listen to this week’s 77 Percent for some insights.

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