- Akufo-Addo has tasked the Africans and their leaders to take charge of their own destinies, abandon the mentality of being dependent on aid and charity
- He noted that the independence obtained by most African countries, nearly six decades ago, had largely, not led to the socio-economic transformation of these countries
- He insisted on educating Africa’s youthful population while speaking at the Africa Diaspora Summit
President Akufo-Addo has charged Africans to abandon the mentality of dependency and rather take their destinies into their own hands.
The president urged African leaders to work towards the transformation of their countries, rather than depending on aid and charity.
According to him, there has been little socioeconomic transformation despite the independence of many African countries.
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President Akufo-Addo made the call while addressing the Africa Diaspora Summit last Thursday, together with French President Emmanuel Macron.
“Once we change the narrative about Africa, we have to get away from the idea that there is some ‘Father Christmas’ somewhere who is going to come and develop our continent for us,” he said.
“There is no such ‘Father Christmas’. There is just us. Once that mentality is changed, then our relations with other people will become much more structured.”
The Ghanaian leader noted that relations between African countries and their European counterparts have largely favoured the latter.
This, Nana Addo said, is not right, adding that a continent blessed with rich resources cannot continue to live in poverty.
“That relationship has enriched Europe, but has not enriched Africa. We need to change that dynamic, and we can only do it by taking the correct measures for our future,” Akufo-Addo rallied.
“That is where my focus is… It cannot be right that the continent that has allegedly the wealthiest resources of the world is also the home of the poorest people on the globe. That disconnect is not a good one, and we need to work to change that.”
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He highlighted education as very key if Africa is going to develop to reach the level of the other continents.
“Once we find the means to do the educating of this population and giving it skills, then we are putting Africa on the path of very, very strong economic growth.”
The President added: “We live on the same planet. We need the association and partnership with countries like France, the networks they have developed, their savoir-faire in all those areas that we can profit and benefit from. It is for us to define that relationship that we want with the rest of the world.
“We should not be caught up in a language or narrative that says that we are appendages to other people’s thinking and policies. That will not help us.”
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