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9 Young African Activists to Look Out for in 2022

9 Young African Activists to Look Out for in 2022

These incredible young people are leading Africa into a year of action-taking.

Lack of development as well as high rates of inequality and poverty across Africa have long been perceived as a burden on the rest of the world, presented as things to pity rather than things that need solving.

This outlook is one that has to evolve in order for true change to occur on the continent. Luckily, young people are standing up and speaking out for what Africa deserves. A fresh generation of persistent voices, innovators, changemakers, and action-takers are making sure that the world sees the continent with fresh eyes, and that Africa itself rises from the ashes of vulnerability.

Last year revealed that globally, we are tired of dealing with significant issues in the same old ways and expecting radical improvements. This is a message that echoed loud and clear after young climate activists Vanessa Nakate and Greta Thunberg spoke at last year’s pre-COP26 summit.

“No more empty promises, no more empty summits, no more empty conferences,” asserted Nakate.

“Blah blah blah ... This is all we hear from our so-called leaders, words. Words that sound great, but so far, have led to no action,” Thunberg rallied.

This tone was carried all throughout 2021 as the world continued to reckon with COVID-19, a worsening climate crisis, and increased global inequality. As such, 2022 will be defined by the need for action, and nowhere is this more pertinent than on the African continent. Thankfully, young activists have been captaining this need for action, and we can’t wait to see what they’ll do next.

These are just a few of Africa’s young changemakers that we’ll be looking out for in 2022.

These young leaders are taking Africa's future into their own hands and making sure that the continent is prioritized and protected at all costs.