Mahama Preaches Economic Liberation In African

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President John Dramani Mahama, has taken a clue from one of his predecessors and first President of Ghana, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s famous speech that “the independence of Ghana is meaningless unless it is linked with the total liberation of the African continent”, by cautioning Africans that sovereignty does not guarantee self-sufficiency.

In an article he posted on an international website called, “The Root” at 2am on March 6, few hours before last Thursday’s rainy Independence Parade, President Mahama declared that it is “Time to Make Ghana—and All of Africa—Triumphant, Independent and Free”.

According to President Mahama, “Ghana exports gold, cocoa, timber, minerals—and little else. These were our same primary exports at the time of independence. And like most African nations, Ghana imports almost everything our population consumes, from televisions to toothpicks”.

He told the world that “We even import goods and products that we are more than capable of producing locally, like rice, sugar, wheat, poultry and flour. Not surprisingly, the amount spent on imports exceeds the amount earned on exports”.

“It means that our fate is at the mercy of forces not always within our control. That’s a precarious place to be—but we should be used to it by now. Africa seems to be perpetually perched on the verge of war, famine, failure and—of late—success”, President Mahama lamented.

He went wrote “Perhaps that is why Dr. Nkrumah, with his prescient words, prepared us for this day, this time in our maturation.“From now on,” he said, “today, we must change our attitudes and our minds. We must realize that from now on we are no longer a colonial, but free and independent people.”

President Mahama, told his fellow Africans that “The next phase of Africa’s transformation, must begin with the understanding that our natural resources are not the sum total of our net worth, as we were once asked to believe”.

He went on “We have much more to offer the world, and ourselves. We must continue to forge global partnerships and remain active on the world stage, but we must also invest in our own industries”.

He concluded that “the more revenue we are able to recycle in our economies, the faster we will be able to build our individual countries. And that would make Africa truly triumphant, independent and free”.

Below are the exact words of President Mahama as published by the website; www.theroot.com

Time to Make Ghana—and All of Africa—Triumphant, Independent and Free

Your Take: Fifty-seven years after his country gained independence, Ghana’s president cautions that sovereignty doesn’t guarantee self-sufficiency.

By: John Dramani Mahama
Posted: March 6 2014, 2:00 AM
Ghana exports gold, cocoa, timber, minerals—and little else. These were our same primary exports at the time of independence. And like most African nations, Ghana imports almost everything our population consumes, from televisions to toothpicks. We even import goods and products that we are more than capable of producing locally, like rice, sugar, wheat, poultry and flour. Not surprisingly, the amount spent on imports exceeds the amount earned on exports.

It means that our fate is at the mercy of forces not always within our control. That’s a precarious place to be—but we should be used to it by now. Africa seems to be perpetually perched on the verge of war, famine, failure and—of late—success. Perhaps that is why Dr. Nkrumah, with his prescient words, prepared us for this day, this time in our maturation.

“From now on,” he said, “today, we must change our attitudes and our minds. We must realize that from now on we are no longer a colonial, but free and independent people.”

The next phase of Africa’s transformation must begin with the understanding that our natural resources are not the sum total of our net worth, as we were once asked to believe. We have much more to offer the world, and ourselves. We must continue to forge global partnerships and remain active on the world stage, but we must also invest in our own industries. The more revenue we are able to recycle in our economies, the faster we will be able to build our individual countries. And that would make Africa truly triumphant, independent and free.

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