Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo has urged African countries to stop “begging” from the West in order to earn global respect and 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,” Mr Akufo-Addo made the remarks during the opening of the US-Africa Leaders’ Summit in Washington DC on Tuesday – where at least 50 African leaders and delegates are in attendance.
Mr Akufo-Addo also called for greater solidarity among Africans to address shared aspirations.
His declarations came on the day that the International Monetary Fund agreed to give Ghana a $3bn (£2.4bn) loan to alleviate an unprecedented economic downturn in the West African country.