Young African Leaders and Entrepreneurs Summit
‘’Africa’s Progress; where are we’’ by Mr. Prince Busia Opoku, a Social Entrepreneur
On 21st September, 2016 at the School of Law, University of Ghana, Legon
Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen. We have the choice to look back and repeat the past, and expect no different results or look forward for impactful ideals of managing our natural resources. We have the responsibility to create a common sense strategy that will resolve many of these issues. We have to create a better plan to reclaim the continent’s resources and develop its people’s potentials and a strategy to take us to the next level of development. It is a pretty important issue for discussion because the progress of us here today, and any other African youth groups depend largely on how our natural resources are being managed and utilised.
A country can only be said to have developed; only if it’s capable of managing its natural resources. Let me remind us all of the simple reason why Africa is known as a developing continent, is due to the fact that we have been unable to effectively manage our resources as a continent. The mismanagement of human resources and natural resources. This basically underpins all forms of development; being political, social, and economic
No individual here can look up to his neighbour for survival of his home, and still be measured as a responsible individual in many societies. Its about time African leaders and its people learn how to create wealth with its resources; that is the only solution to poverty.
No responsible father, will incur a debt that will take a child born in this generation over 100 years to pay, without giving them employment opportunities, corruption free society,. I have great respect for our political leaders and senior statesmen; we need them to take care of the country as they take care of their families. If our leaders are responsible to their own families and not responsible to their own country, then they are not responsible at all.
They have the power to change our system and results we’ve produced several decades ago. We have the power to change our world. I believe that each and every one of us, has a responsibility to move the continent to the next level. We will need our leaders lead us in the right directions, Invest in its people, and manage our resources properly.
Life is extremely tough especially for young people and many old men and women in our parts of the world. This is because our policies and its implementation are not comprehensive. We have a misplaced priorities across the continent, and we continue to place value in money than in our people.
African’s are being robbed of its natural resources; and this is facilitated by many of our leaders. Some foreigners engage in illegal mining, there are several foreign investors and corporations who evade heavy taxes, and we let them. But we never let the old African women on streets and in large and small markets who struggle to provide for our families be, to give us education, to provide care and support for us. Those hawkers; who carry goods every day to make a better life.
Visionless leaders, and corrupt officials, Many African leaders make a fortune out of their leadership, because we have wrong measures to check them, if we want to keep going to the West, we have to look at them properly for their check measures. The next President, next Ministers, next national and local officials and many other roles fall on the youth now. If we have you doing great things and solving the continents issues now; then we definitely have hope for the future. If we can resist corruption now; I know it’s not easy especially when bribe are being demanded when got stuck on a road and you just need to pay to move ahead. We need many Anas to uncover corruption and we need several strategies to keep exposing corruption in our society.
Africa needs a peaceful election to change our society not just individuals or political parties. We should always have alternatives to development path. Electorates have the responsibility to scrutinize policies well and Legislatures should act to reduce certain powers being exercised by many national Presidents. We need media that represents African people and its interest and not those that produce confusion and feed us with wrong information.
Many of us are discouraged from investing in Agriculture because of what society teaches us. It is our responsibility to grow beyond our environment and develop new tools to enhance production. If we can all be effective and efficient with our works, there is a possibility for great future.
This summit seeks to build quality leadership in developing our people to manage the natural resources to benefit the people of our dear continent; and influence community development projects. We seek to support individual initiatives that have the power to change our world positively. ‘’it is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed’’. Napolean Hill. The success of the continent’s youth and its people would be the reflection of our vision.
I’m so proud of many of us starting projects and creating opportunities for themselves; and their societies. I’m more proud when I see great projects being embarked by young people like Hayford Siaw with street library, John Armah’s vision to assist in employment creation, Esinam Seade in demonstrating quality leadership, and Rhoda Naa Odoi’s Hypenet – offering a social media platform for many people. I know there are many of you doing great projects and it’s a great step to build our communities.
To many of us, that are thinking of starting something great ‘’Never underestimate the power of your voice, your perspective, your uniqueness. That inexplicably divine cocktail of skills, perspectives, strengths and quirks is a one-time event in the Universe. There has never been, nor will there ever be, another you. So yes, you matter, and yes, the world really does need that special gift that only you have’’ Marie Forleo and even if you’ve lost all hope, please never give up. Thank you!