Andrew Mwini, New Age, mixed media on canvas, 25" x 25"
Andrew Mwini is a young creative artist based in Nairobi, Kenya. He is a reflection of Kenya's youth today who are true digital natives. These young Africans have a multitude of skills and are looking for employment mainly in the formal sector (blue collar and white collar jobs) but are increasingly finding employment in the informal sector that is mainly driven by entrepreneurship.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Prof. Louise Fox, a visiting professor at UC Berkeley, about contemporary Africa. She brings a wealth of experience from her 30 year tenure at the World Bank where she was the lead economist for the Africa region.
We discussed the informal economy in Africa and the youthful African population (50% of Africa is under the age of 19 years). According to Prof. Fox, the biggest challenge for African governments is inclusive growth. She reiterated that inclusive growth can be achieved by finding ways to support household enterprises. The majority of young Africans will find employment in this industry.
Mugo and Prof. Louise Fox discuss Youth Employment in Africa