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Posted on Thursday, 29 January 2015 18:04

Time to hear the ticking of a time bomb

By The Africa Report

Source: UNICEF; ‘African demography’ by Jean-Pierre Guengant and John May, 2013Population growth on the continent continues to accelerate.

While this could provide the manpower to fuel Africa's industrial revolution, it also brings with it a colossal burden for governments to provide healthcare, social services and education.

Some academics argue Africa will follow the pattern of declining fertility in Asia and Europe.

Others underline that while fertility rates are falling in North and Southern Africa, they remain high elsewhere.

UNICEF says Africa's population will rise from just over 1 billion in 2010 to 2.4 billion in 2050.

The growth will be focused around the continent's cities.

How this unprecedented demographic shift is managed will be a harsh test in the coming decades. ●

1/3  of all babies born in the world in   2030   will be African

3 million   new jobs must be created each year in  Nigeria  to employ those leaving education



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