#AfricaNot4Sale

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“A new wind is blowing in Africa, symbolized by the youth in their quest for democracy, good governance, ethics and justice.

Our generation will not fail because we are ready for the fight. We are awake and we keep standing.”

- Youth activist, Senegal

Kadir van Lohuizen/NOOR

Participants at the #AfricaNot4Sale youth roundtable at the opening of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, 10 April 2015 Participants at the #AfricaNot4Sale youth roundtable at the opening of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, 10 April 2015
© Johannesburg Stock Exchange
A family washes their clothes, Nigeria, 2008. The rivers and streams of the Niger Delta have been widely polluted as a result of oil operations. However, they are still used by many people for domestic purposes such as bathing and washing clothes and as a source of drinking water. A family washes their clothes, Nigeria, 2008. The rivers and streams of the Niger Delta have been widely polluted as a result of oil operations. However, they are still used by many people for domestic purposes such as bathing and washing clothes and as a source of drinking water.
Kadir van Lohuizen/NOOR
A gas flare shines in the night close to the community of Akala-Olu, Rivers State, Nigeria, 31 January 2008. For many years, residents of the Niger Delta have complained that gas flares seriously damage their quality of life and pose a risk to their health. A gas flare shines in the night close to the community of Akala-Olu, Rivers State, Nigeria, 31 January 2008. For many years, residents of the Niger Delta have complained that gas flares seriously damage their quality of life and pose a risk to their health.
Kadir van Lohuizen/NOOR

Launching #AfricaNot4Sale

The Johannesburg stock exchange is nothing like the familiar Wall Street film scenes, where frantic traders shout to secure urgent deals. It is an almost serene space, where the only evidence of million-dollar dealings is a screen displaying cryptic charts and figures.

It was in this cool heart of African capital that energetic and vocal young African activists representing women’s rights groups, LGBTI and disability organizations came together to launch our AfricaNot4Sale campaign in April.

The usually solemn market opening became a flurry of media activity and Amnesty-branded balloons. And after the launch of the day’s trading - marked in by the blowing of a kudu horn rather than the ringing of a bell - it was down to business.

Throughout the day, the stock exchange’s massive screens displayed our campaign message: that Africa’s resources and future are not for sale to the highest bidder.

Young people across the continent - regardless of age, race, religion or class - continuously demonstrate that rather than remaining victims of circumstances beyond their control, they are indeed active agents of change capable of changing their countries’ political trajectories.
Youth activist, South Africa

The next step was for Amnesty to voice the activists’ concerns at the World Economic Forum in South Africa (3-5 June).

Together, we are pushing for human rights and youth development to define Africa’s future. 

Support the campaign @AmnestySARO.
Follow the handover live.
© Amnesty International
The time has come for African youths to protect their future, refuse the sale of Africa and most of all ensure that Africa Rising is as a result of positive engagement and involvement in the evolution and development of Africa as a whole.
Youth activist, Nigeria

Africa Rising?

60%

of the continent’s unemployed are between the ages of 15 and 24

72%

of the continent’s youth live on less than US$2 a day

But 6

out of the top 10 fastest growing world economies are in Africa