President of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo wanted Africa to stop begging for international respect
The President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo has said that African countries must withdraw from the process of asking Western countries to gain international respect and change poor attitudes about the continent.
“If we stop being beggars and use African money within this continent, Africa will not need to ask for respect from anyone, we will get the respect we deserve. If we achieve that then, respect will follow,” Mr Akufo-Ado said. He said this while opening the meeting of American and African leaders held in Washington DC.
Mr Akufo-Addo urged greater solidarity among Africans to address common goals.
“Africans are more tolerant outside the continent than inside. We must remember that to the outside world, there is no such thing as Nigeria, Ghana or Kenya, we are only Africans. Our fate depends on each other,” he said.
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The President said that the continent had skills and workers but needed political will to make “Africa work”. Mr Akufo-Addo’s remarks came on the day the International Monetary Fund agreed to give Ghana a $3billion (£2.4bn) loan to ease the West African country’s unprecedented economic crisis.
Dozens of African leaders are in Washington to discuss cooperation with the United States amid the increasing influence of China and Russia in the continent.