Johannesburg, Lagos, Nairobi, November 10, 2021 – / African Media Agency (AMA) / – Young people in North Africa are unlikely to befriend, date or marry someone from sub-Saharan Africa. This revelation was made in ‘One Africa?’ report which unboxes stories on Pan-Africanism and continental integration.
The research interviewed 4,500 people between the ages of 18 and 35 in Egypt, Morocco, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa and Zimbabwe to find out what they are think about African personal and professional relationships with other Africans, and whether they were traveling or moving within the continent.
Most young Africans have a positive outlook on the continent – 68% are very interested in traveling or living in other African countries and 53% did not have strong opinions about English speaking Africans versus French speaking Africans. Only 59% of North Africans consider themselves Africans while 80% of sub-Saharan Africans are satisfied to be perceived as Africans.
The report also looked at the type of stories young Africans hear, where they are from (mainly social media) and how people react to stories on the continent – 31% have mostly heard negative stories and 24% have very little heard from other African countries while 39% heard positive stories from the rest of the continent. Just over half of East Africans (57%) have heard positive stories on the continent. The most common positive story they hear is that other African countries are open and friendly.
They also have an adventurous curiosity and wish to learn more about other African countries, through travel. Most people from sub-Saharan Africa (61%) say they would like to travel to other countries on the continent, but 28% of North Africans prefer to travel elsewhere. North Africans are also less likely to travel to Africa (91%). Many also think they will be welcome if they move to Africa – a sentiment supported by 70% of participants who think positively of Africans from other countries living in their country, including South Africa, where 62% of people interviewed have positive opinions about Africans in other countries. countries.
The study was conducted by the narrative organization Africa No Filter in partnership with Facebook, the African Union Commission and the African Union Development Agency-NEPAD (AUDA-NEPAD). “Overall, this report suggests that young people in Africa are in favor of a united and integrated continent. This bodes well for attempts by the African Union Commission, AUDA-NEPAD and Regional Economic Communities to make this a reality through various policies and agreements, such as the African Continental Free Trade Area. (AfCFTA). Although it does not cover all of Africa, this report is an important window into the beliefs and attitudes of young people. We hope this is the start of better understanding and deeper conversations that will bridge the gap between policymakers and the continent’s largest demographic, ”said Ms. Jennifer Chiriga, Chief of Staff of the Development Agency. of the African Union-NEPAD. .
Ms. Moky Makura, Executive Director of Africa No Filter, said: “What the world thinks of Africa is what Africa thinks of itself, so it was reassuring to see the results of this report showing that young people have a strong African identity, which does not seem to be affected by the dominant narrative of the broken and dependent continent. African integration is a key driver of the economic development of this continent, but it needs Africans to come together in the spirit of true “brotherhood” and a shared understanding of our history, culture and culture. our stories. This report shows that there is hope, but also that we still have some way to go.
Distributed by African Media Agency on behalf of Africa No Filter.
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Africa No Filter is a donor collaboration working to change stereotypical and damaging narratives within and about Africa through research, grantmaking, community building and advocacy. Our goal is to develop the field of actors of narrative change by supporting storytellers, investing in media platforms and leading disruptive campaigns. Donor collaboration is funded by the Ford Foundation, Bloomberg, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Luminate, Open Society Foundations, Comic Relief, the Hilton Foundation, the British Council and the Hewlett Foundation.
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