“We are reaching a point where Africa will start to export to the rest of the world and not vice versa as has happened in the past. The youth want Africa to succeed and are supporting African products and music – one need only look at the popularity of African fashion and musicians such as Cassper Nyovest and Davido to see this trend in action.”
The attention spans of the youth are getting shorter and shorter when it comes to consuming content over the Internet – making it even harder for brands to access the already challenging millennial market.
There are five key trends that will be prevalent in this market for 2018, says HDI Youth Marketeers CEO Bongani Chinkanda. These trends are based on insights gleaned from social media, HDI’s research and the market itself.
The first trend, he explains, is that despite the negative perception that the youth market are not interested in the world around them, or what is happening within their communities, a new generation of social activists has proved this to be false. It’s a trend of “#StayingWoke” and very often takes place via social media channels.