Why African Demography Matters



5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT)
SOAS University of London, 10 Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG


Free - Registration is required

Edward Paice will talk about the research for his acclaimed study Youthquake – Why African Demography Matters (Apollo, 2022), the history of the debate about global population growth and the fascinating heterogeneity of trends in Africa. Received wisdom and common myths about what drives fertility change will be addressed, and some observations made about what will determine whether much larger populations will be an asset or an ever-increasing liability. The event marks publication of the paperback edition of Youthquake. Discounted copies will be on sale for anyone interested.


Speaker biography

Edward Paice is Director of Africa Research Institute and the author of a number of books on African topics, including the bestselling ‘Tip & Run’: The Untold Tragedy of the Great War in Africa. He is a former Visiting Fellow at Magdalene College, Cambridge.


Discussant: Dr Zainab Usman (Director of the Africa Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

Chair: Prof Phil Clark (SOAS)



This event is free and open to public. Please note that this event will be held in-person and online.

If you would like to attend the event in person, please register via Microsoft Forms.

If you would like to attend the event online, please register via Zoom.


Organiser: SOAS Centre of African Studies

Co-organised with the SOAS African Politics programme and in partnership with the Royal African Society