The Oasis Reporters
December 4, 2017
I watched a video of a press conference that President Nana Akuffo-Addo of Ghana and President Emmanuel Macron of France jointly addressed a few days ago and I was not surprised by Akuffo-Addo’s sheer courage and refreshing eloquence because I have known him for at least 45 years.
In his speech, which touched on the issue of African slavery in Libya and the migration problem, he did not just do Ghana proud but the whole of Africa.
No other African leader has been able to articulate the issue as cearly and succintly as he did on that occasion and I urge every Nigerian to google the speech on Youtube and listen to him carefully.
The Video of the joint press conference(Watch).
He brings hope to a continent that is stark, dark, poor, weak, corrupt, cowardly, self-destructive and plagued with tyrants, despots, ignorant and incompetent leaders who delight in shooting down bright young stars, shattering dreams and destroying the future and destiny of their own people.
Akuffo-Addo is the exception and his words in that short press conference inspired millions of black people all over the world.
This is what happens when you have a brilliant, British public school-educated, Oxford University graduate as your President.
In that intervention he was profound, insightful and incisive and I am proud of the fact that we went to the same prep school (Holmewood House in Langton Green, Kent) many years ago.
He attended the school a number of years before I did and went on to Lancing College in Sussex and when I finished there I went on to Harrow School in Harrow on the Hill, Middlesex.
While he went on to Oxford, I proceeded to Cambridge but I guess both institutions are great and we can live with the two shades of educational colors!
I am very proud of him and what he is doing for his people in Ghana. Even Emmanuel Macron was clearly surprised and impressed with his foresight, knowledge and understanding
Sadly in Nigeria we don’t have people like this as Presidents and leaders.
Written by Femi Fani-Kayode.
Chief Kayode is Nigeria’s former minister of Aviation.