Organisation of African Youth (OAYouth) is a registered continental, member-based non-profit organisation; an empowerment vehicle and a revolutionary movement for all youth in Africa. It is a continental platform for young people to assert their power in numbers, energy and imagination to transform Africa to be a beacon of hope for all its people.
Organisation of African Youth (OAYouth) was established in 2009 by Mordekai Shumba and was registered as an NGO, first in South Africa and later in Cameroon, Gambia, Malawi, Kenya, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Zambia and Zimbabwe. OAYouth has chapters in 39 African countries where young people are participating in home-grown programmes to increase their voices, empower themselves and build their communities.
OAYouth works to motivate, unify and empower African youth to be drivers of Africa’s social, political and economic transformation. This is achieved by synergising local innovative ideas to all African countries through activist youth in leadership, academia, civil society and business. Through structured programs, OAYouth harnesses resources and ideas to empower tomorrow’s leaders today.
History of OAYouth
The central thrust of OAYouth’s programming is premised on the obliteration of the deprived people syndrome (DPS) in young African people, through strategies and activities that enhance African pride, productivity and unity. Founded on the belief that Africans do not always need to be pitied and helped, OAYouth fosters continuous participation, learning and training.
OAYouth’s ordinary members (often referred as “OAYouth Advocates”) are individual young African people of between 15 to 35 years of age, as contemplated in the African Youth Charter and in OAYouth Constitution. Youth organisations, business entities and other NGOs can also join as associate members, partners and sponsors to support the work of OAYouth