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Nigeria has received a batch of the Covid-19 vaccines and many states have started administering them. New Covid-19 cases have dropped significantly and our hopes of returning to normal are high even as we continue to keep safe.
Talking about hope, in knowledge@danne this month, we examine the aspirations of young Nigerians for themselves, their communities and country and the dangers of not listening to them and helping them realise these aspirations. The article is based on the findings of the Next Generation Nigeria Survey conducted by the British Council and released in November 2020. We also looked at the recent feats accomplished by young Nigerians in technology, entertainment and arts and discussed how these successes can be scaled in order to absorb more talents across the country.

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The aspirations of the next generation of Nigerians
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) released the Q4 2020 labour force data earlier this month. 33 per cent of Nigerians are unemployed. The youth were the hardest hit – 42 per cent of them have no jobs. This and other structural problems such as political corruption and lack of opportunities are a constant source of frustration for young Nigerians and are, according the Pew Research Center, the major cause of their exit from the country. They are also the reasons some of them resort to violence. However, the youth have hopes and aspirations for themselves, their communities and country, according to the Next Generation Nigeria survey conducted by the British Council.
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The survey detailed the eight aspirations of young Nigerians. For the purpose of this article, we discussed the top three in detail: advancement of positive, values-driven leadership, assurance of economic security and prosperity for all, and the realisation of their potentials through education. We also summarised the dangers and consequences if the country continues to neglect these legitimate aspirations (and fears). Read the full article here.

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Scaling young talents in Tech and the Arts
Young Nigerians have recorded massive successes in entertainment, arts and technology. Recently, two young Nigerian artistes, Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu (Burna Boy) and Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun (Wizkid), won the prestigious Grammy Awards; tech start-ups such as Flutterwave and Paystack have raised hundreds of millions of dollars, the former now a unicorn; and Nollywood movies now gross hundreds of millions of naira owing to their creativity, upsurge in cinema culture and advancement in streaming platforms. It has not always been this way.
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In this article, we examine the tremendous progress made by young Nigerians in technology, entertainment and arts over the years and how these successes can be scaled. What do we mean by scaling young Nigerian talents in tech and the arts and how can that be sustainably done? Read our article to find out that and more.
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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.

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