President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has entreated his fellow Africa leaders to cease talking and rather have the political will to develop their countries.
Akufo-Addo was speaking at the ongoing US-Africa Summit in Washington. He explained that Africa needs quality leadership so the continent can develop.
He also said that African leaders must stop the several talk shops and put their ideas into action so that the African continent can stop depending on the West.
“We have done enough talking and dare I say we have enough conferences and workshops, we know what we need to do, it is time just to do it. We have run out of excuses for the state of our continent, we have the manpower, and we should have the political will, it is time to make Africa work.”
Ghana’s president also entreated African countries to earn global respect by weaning themselves off “begging” the West. This he said will change poor perceptions about the continent.
“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,” Akufo-Addo said.
He stated that a greater solidarity among Africans will help address shared aspirations and challenges.
“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,” he said.
Dozens of African leaders are in Washington to discuss cooperation with the US amid growing Chinese and Russian influence on the continent.