Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo has stated that African countries must stop “begging” the West in order to gain global respect and change negative perceptions of the continent.
“If we stop being beggars and spend African money within the continent, Africa will no longer need to beg for respect; we will be given the respect we deserve. Respect will follow if we make it prosperous as it should be “Akufo-Addo stated.
He made the remarks at the start of the United States-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, DC.
Mr Akufo-Addo urged greater solidarity among Africans to address shared aspirations.
“Outside of the continent, Africans are more resilient than within it. We must remember that to the outside world, there is no such thing as Nigeria, Ghana, or Kenya; we are simply Africans. Our fate as individuals is dependent on one another “He stated.
The president stated that the continent possessed skills and manpower but that “Africa work” required a concerted political will.
Mr Akufo-Addo’s remarks came on the same day that the International Monetary Fund agreed to lend Ghana $3 billion (£2.4 billion) to help alleviate the West African country’s unprecedented economic downturn.
Dozens of African leaders are in Washington to discuss cooperation with the US as China and Russia increase their influence on the continent.