Akufo-Addo Makes Bold Call At 78th UN General Assembly, Demands Reparations To Africa For Slavery

Akufo-Addo Makes Bold Call At 78th UN General Assembly, Demands Reparations To Africa For Slavery

  • Nana Akufo-Addo has told world leaders that African states must be paid reparations for the slave trade
  • He spoke at the 78th UN General Assembly on Wednesday, September 20, 2023, where he said for centuries, the world has been unwilling to confront the realities of slavery
  • The first day of the high-level General Debate at the 78th UN General Assembly was held on September 19, 2023

President Nana Akufo-Addo made a strong call at the 78th UN General Assembly for the payment of reparations to African states for the debilitating effects of the slave trade.

He told world leaders at the event held in the United States that the era of the slave trade was among the most horrific periods in the continent's history.

Akufo-Addo Makes Bold Call At 78th UN General Assembly, Demands Reparations To Africa For Slavery
Nana Akufo-Addo and a UNESCO world heritage site depicting an old slaves market. Source: Facebook/@nakufoaddo, Getty Images.
Source: UGC

He said on September 20, 2023, that while the present generations of the nations that perpetrated some of the evils are no longer around, the destruction slavery caused the continent cannot be overlooked.

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"For centuries, the world has been unwilling and unable to confront the realities of the consequences of the Slave Trade," Akufo-Addo said, stressing that the resources of the continent have been looted.

Akufo-Addo said it’s time to bring the subject of reparations firmly to the fore.

"Reparations must be paid for the Slave Trade. No amount of money will ever make up for the horrors, but it will make the point that evil was perpetrated...' he said.

World leaders gathered in New York for the opening of the 78th session of the General Assembly (UNGA 78) under the theme, “Rebuilding trust and reigniting global solidarity: Accelerating action on the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals towards peace, prosperity, progress and the sustainability for all.”

The first day of the high-level General Debate was on September 19, 2023.

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Akufo-Addo makes strong case for developed countries to assist Africa

Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh reported that Akufo-Addo has said it is not right that African countries are not being supported financially to fight climate change.

He said although Africans contribute very little to climate change the continent faces the worst of its effects and gets blamed for it the most.

The president told dignitaries at the Africa Climate Summit 2023 held in Nairobi, Kenya, that it would be fair for developed countries to support Africa financially to fight climate change.

Akufo-Addo responds to clearing agent of corruption tag

Nana Akufo-Addo has responded to being labelled a clearing agent of corruption.

The President said a mere allegation of corruption is not enough to merit sanctions and condemnations.

President Akufo-Addo claimed no anti-corruption institutions have complained of any interference from him.

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Also, Akufo-Addo touted his decision to ban galamsey, saying the move has resulted in a reduction of carbon emissions.

He made the comment on Tuesday, September 5, when he delivered a speech at the 2023 Africa Summit in Nairobi, Kenya.

Nana Akufo-Addo also urged other African states to follow in Ghana's footsteps to reduce their carbon footprints.

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Source: YEN.com.gh

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George Nyavor (Head of Politics and Current Affairs Desk) George Nyavor writes for YEN.com.gh. He has been Head of the Politics and Current Affairs Desk since 2022. George has over 9 years of experience in managing media and communications (Myjoyonline and GhanaWeb). George is a member of the Catholic Association of Media Practitioners Ghana (CAMP-G). He obtained a BA in Communications Studies from the Ghana Institute of Journalism in 2010. Reach out to him via george.nyavor@yen.com.gh.