The song is about the birth of a child in Africa and notes that this is because children are the future.
But will Africa realise the dream of children being the future of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR)? It is no secret that Africa as a region is poised to be the most populous in less than 50 years. The African population will double to two billion by about 2035 and reach three billion before 2050. By then every third citizen of the world will be African. What will this African nation look like in 2050? In 2014, my country privileged me to be one of a 25-member team advising the UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon on what the Data Revolution would mean for people, the planet and prosperity.
In our report The World that Counts we raised the limitless possibilities the data revolution would portend. But, drawing from my experience in the Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) movement in Africa, we warned about the sins of technology and money, which potentially would leave those technologically deficient behind. In 2012, then home affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma hosted the CRVS summit in South Africa.
The resolutions included a programme of action with two yearly ministerial meetings of Africa Programme on Accelerated Improvement (APAI) of CRVS. By 2015 the agenda of APAI-CRVS was more ambitious. It included funding and how Africa could industrialise through information technology as a producer and not only as a consumer.