‘Let’s take charge of our destinies’ – Akufo-Addo urges Africans
“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. 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 President said.
President Nana Akufo-Addo has tasked Africans and their leaders to take charge of their own destinies, abandon dependence on aid and charity, and, work towards the transformation of their countries.
Addressing the Africa Diaspora Summit on Thursday, 11th July, 2019, together with the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, Nana Akufo-Addo expressed regret that despite gaining independence several years, many African countries are yet to experience socio-economic prosperity.
He said work must be done to change the situation where the relationship between Africa and Europe only leads to gains for Europe while Africa remained as it is.
He said “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.”
With the President insistent on educating Africa’s youthful population, he explained that “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,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo maintained his stance of Africa not turning its back on the world, in her pursuit of self-reliance.
To the African Diaspora, he reminded them of the fact that the destiny of all black people in the world wherever they are is bound up with Africa.