African leaders have been advised by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to stop pleading for assistance and instead spend their money in the region. That, he claimed, is what will make the continent respectable.
The Ghanaian leader made the call on Tuesday, December 13, at the start of the US-Africa Leaders’ Summit in Washington, DC.
“If we stop being beggars and spend African money inside the continent, Africa will not need to ask for respect from anyone,” he charged fellow leaders.
“We will get the respect we deserve. If we make it prosperous as it should be, respect will follow.”
He further suggested that Africans are more resilient, especially outside the continent and that can be channelled onto the continent to make it work.
“Africans are more resilient outside the continent than inside. We must bear in mind that to the outside world, [there’s] nothing like Nigeria, Ghana or Kenya, we are simply Africans. Our destiny as people depends on each other.”