Haha, on the African millenial…
- Quite the misunderstood person. So many folks want to confine us to these pre-determined life boxes, that make it easy to define and govern us. I love the continued resistance to this - online and offline.
- The African millenial has realised that the ‘youth are the future’ dream peddled is a lie. Our folks were told the same, and they’re still waiting in line. So for the most part, we shun the concept of delayed gratification, lest we are lost in the abyss of hopes and dreams, as we hack life and survive by taking on jobs we don’t like, for instance.
- These aspects play out online and offline. The online personas we see are such a useful window of insight to the offline realities, hopes, dreams, fears and frustrations we have. (Oops, just betrayed that I, too, am a millenial…hahaha!)
- The African millenial faces undue pressure to ‘entrepreneur’. As someone once said though, ‘we can’t entrepreneur our way out of bad policies’. Not too many of us have assigned some mental space to assessing the policies governing our political, social, economic and even technological realities. This is something I’m trying very hard to challenge, because we are well suited to inform policy, challenge it, and reform it!
I could go on and on, but I see a backlog of great questions to get to! Hope that suffices, and thanks for the fab questions! Can circle back for follow up!)