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Africa must be a place for investment, progress, and prosperity, not a place the youth flee from – Akufo-Addo


President Akufo-Addo has stressed the importance of Africans actively contributing to the transformation of Africa into a hub for investment, growth, and prosperity.

He claimed that it is time for Africans and people of African origin to write their own stories, emphasizing the significance of self-definition above relying on outside perspectives.


President Akufo-Addo stated his determination to breaking the traditional narrative of transient poverty and underdevelopment in Africa after speaking at the Full Circle Africa Economic Conference in Accra on Thursday, December 28.

He emphasized the need of Africans determining their collective fate independently of foreign circumstances.

Together, he added “We must help make Africa the place for investment, progress and prosperity, and not from where our youth flee in the hope of accessing the mirage of a better life in Europe or the Americas.

“We want to derive maximum dividends from our relations with the African Diaspora in mutually beneficial co-operation, and as partners for shared growth and development.”

President Akufo-Addo, quoting Jamaican Reggae singer Peter Tosh, emphasized the importance of embracing African identity and realizing that the future of all black people, regardless of location, is inextricably tied to Africa.

Furthermore, the President highlighted the difficulty of African youth pursuing ‘opportunities’ in Europe or America, describing to it as a’mirage’ of a better life.

He advocated joint efforts to rebuild Africa into a continent of investment, growth, and wealth, reversing the pattern of African youth fleeing for a purportedly better life elsewhere.

President Akufo-Addo finished by underlining the need of capitalizing on the benefits of working with the African Diaspora, envisioning a relationship for mutual progress and development.

“We, thus cannot allow temporary poverty and under-development to be the narrative of Africa, a continent which is so blessed with natural and human resources. We cannot allow our collective fate to be decided by exogenous shocks thousands and thousands of miles away.

“I can never get away from the oft-cited quote of that famous Jamaican Reggae artist, Peter Tosh, because it very much sums up who we are, and what our aspirations should be. He said, ‘don’t care where you come from, as long as you’re a black man, you’re an African.’ Let us all remember that the destiny of all black people, no matter where they are in the world, is bound up with Africa,” Mr Akufo-Addo wrote.



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