"Africa Should Stop 'Begging' For Respect" - Akufo-Addo
President Akufo-Addo says, for African nations to gain respect internationally and alter negative impressions of the continent, they must wean themselves off of “begging” the West.
“Africa won’t need to beg for respect from anyone if we stop being beggars and start spending our money on the continent; instead, we will receive the respect we are due. Respect would come as a result if we make it prosperous as it should be"
During the summit’s opening ceremony in Washington, DC, he delivered the comments.To fulfill common ambitions, President Akufo-Addo advocated greater unity among Africans.
“Outside of Africa, Africans are more resilient than they are there. We must keep in mind that there is no such thing as Nigeria, Ghana, or Kenya to the outside world; we are just Africans. We are all responsible for each other’s human fate “
The President claimed that while the continent possessed talent and strength, it required a concentrated political effort to make “Africa function.”
President Akufo-Addo made his comments on the same day that the International Monetary Fund decided to lend Ghana $3 billion (£2.4 billion) to help the country recover from an unheard-of economic crisis.
In light of growing Chinese and Russian influence on the continent, dozens of African leaders are in Washington to explore collaboration with the US.
Credit: Samson Andoh