From GatesNotes: The blog of Bill Gates:
The world’s youngest continent
By Bill Gates | September 10, 2018
I’ve been traveling to Africa regularly for more than two decades. Whenever I go, I’m struck by the huge numbers of young people I see—everywhere from the biggest cities to the remotest villages.
This is no accident. Sixty percent of Africans are under the age of 25. The median age is 19. (By comparison, in North America it’s 35.) And the number of young people in Africa is expected to grow in the decades ahead.
The other thing that always strikes me during my trips to Africa is the unbridled optimism of this young generation. …
This is also no accident. Young people are often the most optimistic people I meet. They are ambitious. They think in innovative ways and are eager to learn the newest technologies. They are also willing to take risks. To see Africa through their eyes is to see a continent brimming with potential and opportunity.
So, no need to worry about The Graph. Youthful, risk-taking energy will carry all before it.
They Shall Overcome.
Personally, I suspect that Bill and Melinda Gates know about and worry about African overpopulation more than I do, and they are playing a complex 4-D chess game to try to do something about it.
But I worry that nobody else will notice what they are worried about. How about if they talked some other philanthropist, like, say, Warren Buffett into playing bad cop while they play good cop? For example, Buffett could call out the president of Tanzania’s recent call to get rid of contraception in his country.