In celebration of this year’s International Mandela Day which comes up every July 18 (the birth day of Nelson Mandela) the Gates Foundation is set to invest five billion dollars in the African continent to help youths who are affected by health epidemics like malaria, AIDS, Zika Virus and Ebola.
Bill Gates who is in South Africa for the AIDS conference that started on Monday made this known in the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg on Sunday. According to him the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has invested $9 billion in Africa in the last 15 years, mostly in health related projects.
He said the African youth needs a chance to acquire and education which fundamental for the growth and development of the continent.
“The youth must be given an opportunity to thrive. We must clear away the obstacles that keep young people from growing,” he said, adding that Africa has the world’s youngest demographics.
“By 2050, 40 percent of the world’s children will live on this continent.” Gate said.
He also shared personal example of how he started his company at a young age and grew it to a billion dollar company today. He also cited examples of other tech entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg who have built successful companies saying African youths can achieve same if given the opportunities.
“The African entrepreneurs driving startup booms in the Silicon Savannahs from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Lagos and Nairobi are just as young—in chronological age, but also in outlook,” Gates said.
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