Officials from the U.S. Embassy had a meeting last week with Ugandan musician Bobi Wine and Ugandan youth leaders.
Also present was a one Ahmed of the Youth Development League, Eve of YALI, and lawyer/activist Andrew Karamaji.
The meeting was aimed at talking about the future of the country and how young people can make positive contributions.
The US mission in Uganda said youth have more power than they think.
“The U.S. is ready to support youth who have action plans, are ready to hold their leaders accountable, and want to build they society they want.”
“The U.S. embassy in Kampala wants to know what Ugandan youth are thinking, and to empower our voices, knowing that 75%+ of Ugandans are under the age of 30,” Bobi later wrote on social media.
“We agreed that the biggest problem among Ugandan youth is a hopeless mindset, but we have more power than we think!” he added.
Bobi said he was playing his part by reminding youth that the future of this country is in their hands.
“It is up to each of us to build the society we want, and to keep our leaders accountable.”
According to studies, nearly 35% of Africa’s youth lack the basic skills required to perform a job, or start and manage a business successfully.
Even the very few who manage to start a business do so out of necessity rather than to capitalize on a market opportunity, and most have low growth potential.