The President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo has asked other African leaders to desist from begging for loans from Western countries so that the continent can earn global respect.
Akufo-Addo said the African countries will change the poor perceptions that the developed countries have about the continent if they stop begging. The Ghanaian president stated this while speaking at the ongoing US-African Leaders Summit in Washington, DC.
He advocated that the resources in Africa should be spent on the continent to make it prosperous and get respect.
“If we stop being beggars and spend African money inside the continent, Africa will not need to ask for respect from anyone, we will get the respect we deserve. If we make it prosperous as it should be, respect will follow,” President Akufo-Addo said
He said that when Africa does the right thing they won’t need to ask for respect from anyone as it will come naturally.
“Africans are more resilient outside the continent than inside. We must bear in mind that to the outside world, nothing like Nigeria, Ghana or Kenya, we are simply Africans. Our destiny as people depends on each other.
He warned that anybody in the position of leader in Africa must see an urgent responsibility of making Africa attractive to its people by providing quality education, and skills that run the modern economy.
”We must work together to change Africa’s narrative which is characterized by disease, hunger, poverty and illegal migration. No matter where you come from, as long as you are black, you are African. We must make Africa conducive for progress and prosperity.”he said
President Akufo-Addo’s admonition came on the day that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreed to give Ghana a $3bn (£2.4bn) loan to alleviate an unprecedented economic downturn in his country.