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

A riveting study of Africa's demographics – its youth and growth – and what they mean for the continent, today and into the future.

'Utterly compelling and important ... This is a book none of us should ignore' David M. Anderson, Professor of African History, University of Warwick

'Meticulously researched, nuanced and brilliant' Mary Harper, Africa Editor, BBC World Service News

'Required reading for those interested in Africa's development' Kwame Owino, CEO, The Institute of Economic Affairs (Kenya)

Africa's population growth in the last 50 years has been unprecedented. By mid-century, the continent will make up a quarter of the global population, compared to one-tenth in 1980. By the end of the century, the proportion could be as much as 40 per cent. This is a mega-trend that should not be ignored.

Africa's youth is the most striking aspect of its demography. As the rest of the world ages, and the population of many countries starts to shrink, almost 60 per cent of Africa's population is younger than 25 years old. This 'youthquake' will have immense consequences for the social, economic and political reality in Africa.

Edward Paice presents a detailed, nuanced analysis of the varied demography of Africa. He rejects the fanciful over-optimism of some commentators and doom-laden prophecies of others, while scrutinising received wisdom, and carefully considering the ramifications of the youthquake for Africa and the world.

Head of Zeus, an Apollo book * Current Affairs
09 Dec 2021 * 432pp * £7.99 * 9781800241619
'The youth bulge heading Africa's way is real, and in the next 30 years it will throw up economic, social and political problems for African states the like of which the world has never before witnessed. This demographic surge is neither a catastrophe nor a boon, but it is a wicked problem: one for which there is no easy or satisfactory solution. In this utterly compelling and important book, Edward Paice disentangles the facts from the fictions, the truths from the falsehoods, and tells us why Africa's future will shape the futures of us all. This is a book none of us should ignore'
David M. Anderson, Professor of African History, University of Warwick
'This meticulously researched, nuanced and brilliant book takes apart simplistic, hysterical myths about Africa's population growth and what it means for the continent and the rest of the world. It presents a powerful case for Africa to be viewed as central, not peripheral, to the future, making up a quarter of the world's population by 2050 and providing about one-third of its working-age population'
Mary Harper, Africa Editor, BBC World Service News
'If there is one book to choose that dissects the demography of the countries of sub-Saharan Africa, then this is it. Edward Paice has achieved the feat of assembling the data and examining the trends by country to show the possibilities and challenges that come with fertility trends moving at different speeds. Required reading for those interested in Africa's development'
Kwame Owino, CEO, The Institute of Economic Affairs (Kenya)

'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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