Generation Y!… Youth colloquium

By Mbongeni Ncube

Generation Y! Is your mission and purpose driven by technology?

For those who do not know what and which generation I pose this question to, Generation Y  is the generation of people born in the 1980s and 1990s, comprising primarily of what google search will tell you that  it is the children of the baby boomers and typically perceived as increasingly familiar with digital and electronic technology.

In Zimbabwe, many have debated that this generation has not find its true mission and purpose. Frantz fanon proposes that each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfill it or betray it. The question then becomes has Generation Y! found its mission, and purpose to be part of national and world history in the contemporary democracy?

The Zimababwean classification of youth is rather not agreed on, it is difficult if not impossible to define who is a youth in this country. The dynamics of participation in the political spectrum is paramount. However many  youth activist will tell you that this generation does not have political agency but rather we are all consumed by our dependency on technology to express our self and joke about each and every aspect of life.

During a youth colloquium at the Bulawayo club recently where those youths that claim to be active in matters of democracy and youth initiatives where engaged on a theme: Negotiating the space of the liberation generation and the youth in Africa.20170303T220650ZANCFF

Among the panelists where former Student Representative Council members from the University of Zimbabwe, UZ, and School of Mines namely Gift Ostallos Siziba, PrichardNdlovu Melusi Mwinde and Iphithule Maphosa. In their discussion these youth activists agreed almost in one thing which is that the Zimbabwean youths need to develop political agency and quit being obsession with online sletivism approach in matters of politics. Tajamuka, Zimshutdown are some of the online political campaigns that the youths engaged themselves to.

The series of article that follows will tackle the issues that affect the youths as they actively participate in democratic initiatives like the upcoming presidential elections in 2018.


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