President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana has made a call to African leaders on what will give African nations global respect.
He urged all African leaders to quit asking loans from so-called first-class countries, or as he puts it, the “West.”
He made this comment while speaking at the US-African Leaders Summit in Washington, DC, claiming that their abstinence from seeking loans from developed nations would change the popular perceptions that these countries have of Africa, the perception that Africa is poor.
At the Summit, he advised Leaders in Africa to make wise use of their resources to better their nation.
In his words, “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.”
In his opinion, the respect that Africa so truly requires will come naturally once their leaders start to do the right thing, that is using the resources of Africa without greed to make life easier and better for its citizens, providing things like quality education and “skills that run the modern economy.”
By ruling without the usual greed, President Akufo-Addo said that Africa could change the usual descriptive features it bears worldwide, such as disease, poverty, hunger and illegal migration. He even beckons on blacks worldwide to join hands in making Africa a continent “conducive for progress and prosperity.”
However, this admonition was made on the day that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreed to give Ghana a $3bn (£2.4bn) loan to solve an unforeseen economic setback.