Africa is now the continent with the largest percentage of people under 35 years-old. Experts say that presents both opportunities and challenges. Harnessing the demographic dividend through investments in youth is the theme of this year's Africa Day celebrations. VOA's Mariama Diallo has more.
Shaka Ssali and his guests examine the significance of Africa Day, the creation of the African Union and the state of politics on the continent. He is joined by Arikana Chihombori-Quao, Ambassador of the African Union to the United States, Awet T. Weldemichael, Professor of History at Queens University in Kingston, Canada and Kumi Naidoo, Director of Africans Rising from Durban in South Africa.
Violent attacks on foreign residents have grabbed headlines in South Africa in recent years, with graphic scenes of looting and angry, anti-immigrant protests dominating coverage. But foreign residents of the Rainbow Nation say the headlines obscure a sobering fact: Xenophobic violence never has really gone away here. VOA's Anita Powell spent time with members of Johannesburg's Somali community to learn more.