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We hope you and your family are safe in these trying times.

In this second issue of Knowledge@Danne, our monthly newsletter, we at Danne Institute for Research contribute to the ongoing conversation about the #EndSARS protests.

Expect Knowledge@Danne in your inbox on every last Monday of the month. The focus of Knowledge@Danne is to catalyse conversations.

For two weeks, in at least 12 major cities, the long-held silence of Nigeria’s largest demographic was heard loud and clear.

Some of these young women and men aged between 15 and 44 years took to the streets to demand for an end to police brutality and better governance. The peaceful protests turned ugly when other youth resorted to violence and vandalization.

Both reactions are a symptom of many problems, but unemployment is their topmost concern.

This age group forms the bulk of the working population as well as the unemployed. Over half of the labour force in Nigeria consists of youth who have either never attended primary school or have only been to secondary school (see infographics below).

In a slowly growing economy but rapidly urbanising country, this age group are among those who head to the cities in search of jobs and a better standard of living. But a job is hard to find in most Nigerian cities (between 2010 and 2030, the World Bank estimates that Nigeria must create 30 to 40 million jobs).

Cities like Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Port Harcourt, some of the hotspots of the #EndSARS protests, are where the productive jobs Nigeria urgently needs must come from.

Understanding the protesters

There is a gnawing generational gap and trust deficit between the protesters (Millennials and Gen Z) and those in government. This article, which was published just before the protests ended, shows how government can dialogue meaningfully with the protesters.

The unfortunate shooting at the Lekki Toll Gate on 20 Oct 2020 was avoidable, if only the young protesters were understood. Understanding the the differences in opinions and distrust are important as the long process of healing and responding to their demands begins.

At Danne Institute for Research we are intentional about the transformational change we want to create. We conduct research (build research capabilities among African scholars in the process) and disseminate our research findings to bring about sustainable change in Africa.

Each issue of the newsletter will inform you about our research interests. For example, strengthening institutions, developing leaders and sustaining public sector change in Africa and, connectivity and productivity in Lagos.

Our plan is to keep you updated on our research and draw your attention to some of their highlights through articles which you can find on our website.
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