Youth Unemployment: The root cause of violence and civil unrest in Africa

By Martin K. N. Kollie

The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia
July 6, 2015



Africa is steadily sinking into a bottomless ditch of violence and civil unrest as a result of rising youth unemployment across the continent. Most young Africans who are employable remain hopeless due to joblessness. The high wave of illiteracy, poverty, ignorance, gullibility, and disease is even posing serious challenge to regional peace, economic stability, and political coherence in Africa.

The socio-economic destiny of Africa remains visibly wretched as most young Africans are becoming choiceless. They are embattled with series of prevailing adversities every day. In some cases, African youth are used as scapegoats by greedy politicians to fuel violence and civil crisis as a result of unemployment. Among these challenges undermining genuine development, youth unemployment stands out to be the root cause of violence and civil unrest in Africa.

In every proactive society, young people are very important to deriving a new paradigm. It is unarguably evident that young Africans have been and continue to be active vehicles of violence and civil unrest in Africa as a result of increasing dissatisfaction and economic misery.

The struggle for survival in Africa, especially among youngsters is a way of life as corruption undermines key governance structures across all 54 sovereign States of the continent. Africa stands to risk a lot if policy-drivers, political architects, and business tycoons fail to engender a wholistic agenda to elevate millions of African youth out of poverty. The creation of youth employment and empowerment opportunities is fundamental to Africa’s future. 

Even after centuries of existence, Africa remains a dark continent, because youth employment has not been a practical priority for most governments. Public discontent as a result of massive unemployment is pushing African youth at the extreme of violence and civil unrest. Hopelessness has taken precedence and regional stakeholders must act now to rescue this dying continent and redeem its people!

About The Author: Martin K. N. Kollie is a Liberian youth activist, student leader, an emerging economist, and a young writer.  He is currently a student at the University of Liberia reading Economics and a member of the Student Unification Party (SUP).  He can be reached at:

sylvester krah
your article has given the exact veracity with respect to the African leaders inability to tackle the huge rate of unemployment.

Until African leaders can redirect their priorities toward the empowerment of the youthful population developmental transformation and socioeconomic sustainability is a classical joke.

The vulnerability of young people leads to negative alternatives.

The economies of African have attracted very huge investment partners from around globe but such an investment is yet to provide the needed job opportunity for many perishing young Africans.

The major problem of Africa is Africa.
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