Top 10 powerful political statements by African leaders in 2017

December 22, 2017 at 07:09 am | News

Fredrick Ngugi

Fredrick Ngugi | Contributor

December 22, 2017 at 07:09 am | News

Akufo Addo, Ghana

Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo sparked a continental debate earlier this year when he gave a provocative speech on Africa’s continued Western dependency. The 73-year-old President rejected the notion that Africa must depend on the West in order to develop. He said:

“We can no longer continue to make policy for ourselves, in our country, in our region, in our continent on the basis of whatever support that the western world or France, or the European Union can give us. It will not work. It has not worked and it will not work. We have to get away from this mindset of dependency. Our concern should be what do we need to do in this 21st century to move Africa away from being cap in hand and begging for aid, for charity, for handouts.”

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