Kenyans turn to China for brighter future

China’s trade with Kenya is encouraging young people to learn Mandarin in the hope it will bring new job opportunities.

Young Kenyans are choosing to learn Mandarin as China’s economic influence on Africa grows.

Last year Kenya signed deals worth more than $5bn with China for a railway line and an energy project.

The deal mirrors others made between African nations and authorities in Beijing.

Earlier this year, China signed a $13bn contract in Nigeria to build a new railway network.

It also pledged more than $2bn for a power station and coal mines in Zimbabwe. 

Li Ke-chiang, the Chinese premier, is currently on a four-nation Africa tour.

Al Jazeera’s Jane Ferguson reports from Nairobi.

Source: Al Jazeera