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Watch Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo give powerful speech on why Africa needs to stop depending on Foreign Aid



Watch Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo give powerful speech on why Africa needs to stop depending on Foreign Aid - BellaNaija“We can no longer continue to make policy for ourselves, for our country on the basis on whatever support the western world or France or the European Union can give us,” President Nana Akufo-Addo began.

The Ghanaian president was hosting French President Emmanual Macron who was visiting Ghana, and they held a joint press conference in Accra.

A journalist had asked if France was going to increase its aid to other African countries besides it former colonies, and Akufo-Addo gave the rousing reply.

“I hope that the comments I am about to make will not offend the questioner too much and some people around here,” he said, before going ahead to explain why it was necessary for African countries to quit depending on foreign aid.

“We have to get away from this mindset of dependency,” he said, adding, “France will do whatever it wants to do for its own sake, and when those coincide with ours, ‘tant mieux’ [so much the better] as the French people say.”

Macron was visibly shaken by the speech, fidgeting and watching Akufo-Addo as the latter spoke.

Watch the speech below:


  1. NaSo

    December 6, 2017 at 11:42 am

    It is a silly cultural mentality that must be replaced. “Dashing money” too too many people want free money. They cant think of ways of earning or multiplying money! Anyone who doesnt think of ways of multiplying money, will always beg for handouts or ‘dash’. Who’s going to be dashing anyone money for life?

  2. Miss Fine

    December 6, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    Go Nana!! What a powerful speech. God if only more African presidents would have this kind of mind set. Africa would be a great continent.

  3. Rukky

    December 6, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Lets change the mindset of dependence.. lets get up and work hard. Please African leaders give the youth the much hope needed for the growth of Africa. Well said Mr. president

    NB: The Ghanaian president speaks fluent french we all know that, at least the French president’s comment should have been translated for us naw.. lol

  4. Carmen

    December 6, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    A Man…

  5. Truth

    December 6, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    This is one of the most succinct, intellectual and nuanced response have heard from a 21st century President if all African leaders thought like this we would be much better off than what we are right now. Thinking about this right now, I think this issue of dependence goes way deeper than governance issue, I think it is a fundamental issue that is a major problem that is often ignored, the sense of dependence clothed in the ‘entitlement’ spirit. Often than not, we expect everything from everyone and get offended when it is not handed to you, from little issues as parents catering to a child who is above 18- 20 years and we wonder why the family system is failing at the moment, it’s pretty simple, the spirit of dependence, we have not be weaned from our parents, decision making to money matters and don’t know how to be independent adults regardless of the age.

  6. seriously

    December 6, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    Powerful and much needed speech. Great respect for President Nana Akufo. This made me believe in Africa again. I’ve watched this video so many times. This should be a reminder and wake up call for other African leaders and Africans in general.
    There’s a reason I have a special place for Ghana. Beautiful hearts and country. I believe they will be the leading force in the new journey for a reformed Africa just like Nkrumah.

  7. ijs

    December 6, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Should I move to Ghana? I’ve never heard such intellectual words from ANY Nigerian president.

    • mr x

      December 7, 2017 at 12:05 am

      then u should listen to buhari more often

  8. Tony

    December 6, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    We all need to work on our continent. We have been the sympathy case forever. I hail such leaders cause it’s not just talk but u see it in their nations. It’s left for us Africans to also apply this in our daily lives instead of waiting for hand outs.

  9. John Doe

    December 6, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    Nana Akufo-Addo is 73 years old while Buhari is 74 years – just about 1 year difference, but look at how sound, confident, fluent, energetic, young and intelligent, Nana Akufo-Addo is! May God help Nigeria!!

  10. Didi

    December 6, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    How won’t Ghana be great…. or at least heading swiftly in that direction….

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