Youths across various African countries have identified the need for them to get involved in leading advocacies and campaigns that promotes political ethics amongst other social changes, which will guide how politics is being operated and ultimately remove all forms of barriers limiting youths from effectively participating in political and leadership positions.
The youth made this known while speaking at the first African Institute on Leadership, Political Participation and Technology, organized by the Centre for Advancement of Development Rights (CEADER) with support from the Women Learning Partnership (WLP).
One of the participants at the program, Tofunmi George, a social entrepreneur, shared that, “we need proper political ethics just like every other profession has ethics, politics should have its own ethics. I don’t think the solution is creating new political parties or getting more people into governance, we need an ethical-political structure.
Corroborating her, Roberts Mboizi, a social worker from Uganda shared that “leadership in Africa is about who is in control of resources, the army and who is popular. It has little to do with the qualities or characteristics a leader should process.”
While giving her opening remark at the inception of the program, Joy Ngwakwe, the Executive Director of CEADER shared that “the institute was organised with the aim to increase the participation of young people in the political and leadership space in Africa.
On her part, Allison Horowski, Executive Director of WLP mentioned that the Institute constitutes other youth leaders across different continents globally.
The institute which held for 4 days, gathered together social workers and women across Uganda, Nigeria, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Republic of Benin, Senegal and Egypt. The sessions were facilitated by three Nigerian WLP global facilitators; which include the ED of CEADER, Annie Adidu-Lawal, Chibogu Obinwa as well as the Executive Director of Women Technology Empowerment Center (W.TEC), Oreoluwa Lesi.