Africans must not be ‘beggars of the world’ – Akufo-Addo


London – Africa should move beyond aid handouts that have failed to bring growth and prosperity and move to an era of mutual respect with Western countries, President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana said.


Akufo-Addo made this known in a speech to the Royal African Society.

He said aid to his nation from donor countries was unsustainable and harmful to both sides.

“We do not want to remain the beggars of the world, we do not want to be dependent on charity,” he said in a speech in London, setting out a vision for Africa’s future.

“We can and we should be able to build a Ghana with use of her own resources and their proper management as a way to engineer social and economic growth in our country,” he said.

Resource-rich Ghana is an exporter of gold and oil and the world’s second largest cocoa producer.

Akufo-Addo has vowed to clean up corruption in the West African…

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