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“What is democracy, i don’t know what democracy is, what i know is that democracy means self reliance,” said 27 years Tumanini Daniel when asked on her knowledge of democracy.

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She is a fiery young woman who welcome you with a hearty smile, is a few minutes we were able to learn her story.Tumanini dropped out of school when she was 12 years old in her sixth year primary school.She like many Tanzanian youth from poor background went out in search of a job and landed the current one which she has been holding for the past 11 years.

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“Here in Tanzanian all the youth work, and rely on themselves because jobs are scarce and everyday there are more graduates, you cannot secure a job without a reference no matter how small the job,”she adds.

“Even if you want to be a cleaner at a hotel you must have connections.”
The job she holds was not by choice but she has come to understand it, however since she is an employee the money she earns is very little.She describes her pay as too little, it is just something to keep busy with.

Tumainis’ story mirrors the life of thousands of youth across Africa who have zero or a distorted perception of what democracy is.After being alighted by AYID on what democracy is and its core principles Tumanini has vowed to spread the word to her peers and start the dialogue.

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This photograph was taken in displaced persons camps in Darfur

 

 

A revolution of intellectual youth is an inevitable paradigm shift, it is a slow but sure start,” Nepo.

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He strides for the interview in long graceful strides,  Rwema Sibomana Jean Nepo is a young African man from Rwanda with an authoritative aura about him.His serious looks softens when asked about his childhood.

years later the survivor of the Rwandan genocide is a strong advocate of Non-violent conflict resolution , an active member of the Rwandan Youth Action Network and  a serious believer in the power of organized youth.

Nepo is a born leader and a force to reckon with and will be starring in a documentary film under production by African Youth Initiative for Democracy.

“African youth arise to your potential; we are youth only once and will never become one after this season of our generation is gone. We can make a difference wherever we are if and only if our mind is right,”Tongo.

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Soft spoken Tongo James Elisama Warija is a young African man from Africa’s newest state South Sudan, His eyes betray the wisdom acquired over  the 22 years of political strife in Sudan.

Having been engaged in Peace Building and Governance Trainings in Post war South Sudan for the past 7 years, Tongo isPassionate about Youth Leadership skills development and Peer Mentorship and is a strong believe in the power of youth.

He is the Co-Founder and President; Eastern Africa Youth Forum (EAYF), Pursuing Bachelor of Economics in Business Management and Administration (EBA). Catholic University of South Sudan.

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“African youth arise to your potential; we are youth only once and will never become one after this season of our generation is gone. We can make a difference wherever we are if and only if our mind is right,”Tongo.

 

A revolution of intellectual youth is an inevitable paradigm shift, it is a slow but sure start,” Nepo.

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He strides for the interview in long graceful strides,  Rwema Sibomana Jean Nepo is a young African man from Rwanda with an authoritative aura about him.His serious looks softens when asked about his childhood.

years later the survivor of the Rwandan genocide is a strong advocate of Non-violent conflict resolution , an active member of the Rwandan Youth Action Network and  a serious believer in the power of organized youth.

Nepo is a born leader and a force to reckon with and will be starring in a documentary film under production by African Youth Initiative for Democracy.

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“A revolution of intellectual youth is an inevitable paradigm shift, it is slow but sure,”Nepo.

“ we (youth) can contribute to the upbringing of a new generation in Africa that believes in democracy,respect for human rights, sustainable development and the fight against corruption,” El-Sir.

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El-Sir Elsharief is a Sudanese Human rights activist working  in several human rights organizations as well as the civil society .He currently  residence in the Republic of Mali – Bamako,where he spearheads a social media campaign on democracy and human rights .

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“I believe the stability of democracy in Africa and the promotion of human rights depends on youth political participation,” Addison.

Addison Joseph is an African young man from South Sudan, having been born and raised in the multi_ethnic and multicultural state that is Sudan and South Sudan, and coming from a strong lineage of activists, it only seemed natural that he would be one of the vocal youths on democracy and the promotion of human rights.

He is currently an active member of the youth led organization, Girifna (we are fed up) Movement., Youth Forum for Social Peace (YFSP) and Youth Initiative for South Sudan  (YISS).
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I think the girl child needs a voice, I think the girl childs’ voice needs to be heard”,Belqisa

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An first glance Belqisa Abdi, is a young beautiful African woman of Somali decent, she is garbed in a modern version of the Hijab a strong indication of her faith.

Belqisa was born in Mandera a Kenyan town bordering Somalia, which has been the center of ongoing ethnic clashes between different communities. And where practices like early marriage and Female Genital Mutilation are deeply engrained in the culture.

Years later, a mother  of three and a strong advocate against early marriage and FGM, Belqisa is a young woman on a mission. She will be featuring in an upcoming documentary film by African Youth Initiative for Democracy.

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A380170_3086922135079_309184363_n1fter 20 years of democracy, South Africans celebrate that human rights have been realized and that society is transforming. While there is strong disappointment with the government and its leaders, South Africans retain their faith in the democratic system and do not transfer their discontent to the African National Congress (ANC). These are among the key findings of Freedom House’s study of South African democracy, conducted through 27 moderated focus groups convened between June and October 2013 that included South Africans from all racial and income groups and from rural as well as urban areas.

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