By 2050, the number of people living in Africa will have doubled from the 1.25 billion today to more than 2.5 billion. And that can go one of two ways. If countries can put all these young people to work, economies can be transformed and millions lifted out of poverty. But if that opportunity isn't taken, migration could dramatically increase and radical extremist groups will have a pool of poor, angry, disaffected young people to swell their ranks. So how big a deal is it?
Africa's population is expected to double by 2050, but in the country with the highest birth rate in the world it's on track to triple. In Niger, women have an average of 7.6 children each - and in rural Zinder the rate is even higher. Not surprisingly it's more than just a statistic in almost every village you visit - there are kids everywhere. Even the children have children - more than half the girls are married before the age of 15.
Muktar Abdulhamid’s family are sitting together to talk about the man who left it all to make his fortune in the city. “We don’t have money to eat, so we had to send the boy to go look for money,” says his sister Ramatu Abdulkarim. “He is getting a little bit every day, just enough to survive, thank God. Sometimes he sends us 40, 50, or 60,000 Naira,” Muktar’s sister says.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
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Democrats and/or Republicans.
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Exact case matching or punctuation
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A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".