Ghana's President Speaks at Rutgers About Africa's Movement from Poverty to Prosperity


 Although there is work to be done to address systemic social issues, it is time to focus on positive stories and celebrate Africans who have overcome great adversity, President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana said at the 2019 Chinua Achebe Leadership Forum at Rutgers.  

“We still need to build roads, lower unemployment, educate the population and provide clean water, but I also want people to see the beauty Africa has to offer,” Akufo-Addo said during the event on Saturday hosted by The Center for African Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers Global and the Christie and Chinua Achebe Foundation.

While calling 2019 the “year of the return,” in which he invited people of the African diaspora to experience the continent firsthand, Akufo-Addo, on a visit to Rutgers University-New Brunswick, said discussions of Africa’s challenges must also challenge the Western world’s stereotypical image of Africa as a homogenous place of indistinguishable countries plagued by many problems.

In photo: Abena Busia, a Rutgers–New Brunswick professor currently on leave while serving as Ghana's ambassador to Brazil, and President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana at the 2019 Achebe Leadership forum at Rutgers.


Photo credit: Roy Groething

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