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Head of Zeus
Youthquake: Why African Demography Should Matter to the World by Edward Paice

An illuminating study of the population explosion in Africa, uncovering what it means for the continent and why, in demographic terms, this will be Africa's century

Africa's population growth in the last 50 years has been unprecedented. During India's rapid phase of growth, its population increased by 5.2 times; during Europe's, growth was 2.2 times. Between 1950 and 2050, Africa's is projected to have increased tenfold.

But what is most remarkable is Africa's youth. Almost 60% of the continent's population is younger than 25 years old. Economists call this phenomenon a 'youth bulge' – a temporary boom. Edward Paice proposes that it is rather a youthquake, with potentially enormous resonances on the social, economic and political reality in Africa.

Edward Paice presents the demographics and demographic trends of the 54 countries that make up the continent, along with their ramifications, both today and in the future. Rather than a panoply of promises for the glowing future of a post-boom Africa or a doom-laden array, Youthquake seeks to dispel the agenda-heavy received wisdom popular in accounts of Africa's demography, disaggregate the continent for a more nuanced analysis, and provide a balanced view of Africa's future.

Head of Zeus, an Apollo book * Current Affairs
09 Dec 2021 * 352pp * £7.99 * 9781800241619

'Superb ... Meticulously researched and written with tremendous lucidity and brio' William Boyd, Sunday Times.

'The definitive history of that war... Minutely detailed yet entirely engrossing' Sunday Telegraph.

'A masterful, damning, definitive account' Daily Mail.

'A very well researched and well written account of that extraordinary and fascinating sideshow of the First World War, the Anglo-German war in Africa' Antony Beevor.

'Gripping ... I wholeheartedly recommend this fascinating book'
 Daily Telegraph
Edward Paice
Edward Paice
Edward Paice is Director of Africa Research Institute. He was a History Scholar at Cambridge University and winner of the Leman Prize. After working for several years as an investment analyst in the City, he moved to Africa to write travel and natural history guides in Kenya and newly independent Eritrea. He is the author of Lost Lion of Empire: The Life of 'Cape-to-Cairo' Grogan, nominated by The Week as 'Best Newcomer' in 2001; Tip & Run, an acclaimed account of the First World War in East Africa; and Wrath of God: The Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755. In 2003–4 Paice was awarded a Visiting Fellowship at Magdalene College, Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
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