The Cheetah Generation: Catalysts of Africa’s Progress | Francisca Elorm Afedo-Hevi

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The term “Cheetah Generation” refers to the young and dynamic African population, particularly those born after 1980, who have embraced technology, entrepreneurship and innovation as the key drivers and proponents of change and progress in their respective countries and the continent as a whole. This generation stands in sharp contrast to their predecessors, often referred to as the “Hippo Generation”, who are seen as slower to adapt and resistant to change. In this essay, we will explore the characteristics of the Cheetah Generation and why they’re critically important for Africa’s development.

 The term “Cheetah” in Cheetah Generation was chosen to symbolise the characteristics and aspirations of this generation because:

 They possess speed and agility: Cheetahs are known for their speed, hence the title of “fastest land animals” in the world. The” Cheetah Generation” term signifies the Speed at which this young African demographic is adapting to and embracing change, particularly in the digital era.

 They’re very ambitious: Cheetahs are very relentless and determined when hunting for their prey. Similarly, the “Cheetah Generation “is characterised by its ambitious and determined attitude towards conquering obstacles and achieving success, both individually and for their communities and countries.

 They have youthful energies: Cheetahs are at their peak in terms of physical fitness and energy when they’re young. Likewise, the “Cheetah Generation” represents the youths of Africa, a demographic group with enormous potential and energy to drive positive change on the continent.

 They’re very independent: Cheetahs are solitary animals that do not rely on large social groups for hunting. This independence highlights itself in the self-reliance and entrepreneurial spirit often seen in the Cheetah Generation. They’re all about risk-taking and pursuing goals independently.

 This generation, although emerged in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, is essential to Africa’s economic prosperity for several compelling reasons.

 First and foremost, the Cheetah Generation embodies the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship. They’re driven by a desire to harness the opportunities presented by the digital age, with a deep understanding of technology and its informative potential. In a world where technology is the driving force behind economic growth, their adaptability and wellness to embrace change are invaluable assets.

 Moreover, the Cheetah Generation is well-educated and globally connected. Many have received world-class educations both within Africa and abroad, equipping them with the skills and knowledge needed to compete in the global economy. Their global exposure also fosters cross-cultural understanding and the ability to leverage international networks for economic partnerships and collaborations.

 In addition, the Cheetah Generation is increasingly engaging in politics, advocating for transparent and accountable governance. Their involvement in the political landscape has the potential to reshape African politics, making it more responsive to the needs of the people.

 Furthermore, The Cheetah Generation is passionate about addressing societal issues and injustices such as corruption, inequality, lack of access to education, healthcare and violence. They’re active proponents for positive change, often leveraging social media and grassroots movements to muster support and raise awareness concerning these issues.

 However, it is important to recognize that, the Cheetah Generation faces significant challenges such as unemployment, access to quality education and healthcare. Addressing these issues is very necessary to harness their full potential and challenge them to do more. Moreover, governments, businesses, and civil society must take into consideration and actively support and invest in the Cheetah Generation to ensure their continued growth and impact in their countries and continents.

 In conclusion, the Cheetah Generation is pivotal to Africa’s economic prosperity. Their innovative spirit and global perspective, social consciousness and demographic advantage position them as catalysts for positive change and development. As Africa continues to grow as far as economic development is concerned, nurturing and empowering this generation is not just an option but a necessity for a brighter future for the continent. By supporting this generation, seeing where help is needed, weeding out wrongs and watering them with every necessity there is, Africa can build a whole new meaning for itself and the world at large.

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