Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has described President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as a truly historic figure with whom he was glad to share a platform.
“I believe that no Harvard graduate is bigger than the person and personality in Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,” the Ghanaian leader said.
He noted that the last decade has been years of great expectation by the people of Africa and acknowledged the spread of democratic governments across the continent.
According to a dispatch, President Akufo-Addo made the statement on Friday, August 25, 2017 when he addressed the first ever Harvard Africa Action Forum in Accra, Ghana. The Forum was held at the prestigious Movenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra.
He told the Harvard graduates that the transformation of the economies of African countries remains the only way to job creation and prosperity, noting also that depending on raw materials export accounts for dependence on foreign aid.
He then urged Africa to breed a new generation of leaders who are committed to democratic governance, pointing out also that the time for integration in Africa is now.
President Akufo-Addo concluded by asserting that positioning Africa’s enterprises to compete in the global market and economy would ensure an Africa beyond aid.
Earlier, the Director of the Mason Program at Harvard University, Suzanne Shende, reflected on the life history of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. She described both leaders as two of the highest esteemed leaders of the African continent.
Meanwhile, President Sirleaf has also participated in an interview-styled conversation on “Re-imaging Women in Leadership Roles.” Health Minister, Dr. Bernice Dahn took part in a panel discussion on health, while Police Inspector General Gregory Coleman joined a panel on governance and the rule of law as a panelist.