It's not just about the number of young people.
UNICEF and the AU are worried about the projected numbers
Pope Francis is about to visit an increasingly Catholic continent.
We can assume it won't be good for either mothers or babies.
But are they to be trusted?
By the end of this century 40% of all humans will be African - a radical demographic change.
The head of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation thinks it is possible.
This month The Economist reports that Africa is currently experiencing significant falls in child mortality rates across the continent. Fantastic demographic news. In fact Michael Clemens of the Centre for Global Development names it “the biggest, best story in development”.
A few interesting figures from the United Nations Population Fund report stand out.