Farida Bedwei, who has been living with the Cerebral Palsy Disorder her whole life said “difficult times should force us [Africans] to be innovative and do everything within our power to ensure such situations do not recur”.
Consequently, Madam Bedwei advised Ghanaians to eschew what she described as the “blame game” and be industrious at all times. This, she believes, could enhance Africa’s fragile economy.
She added, “Ghanaians must stand up and fight against economic problems. The over reliance on government, for me, is not the best because there are certain issues that could be addressed without government’s involvement.
“…And in moving forward we must also make good use of technology to transform lives, for we are the only people who can solve our problems within the shortest possible time.”
Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond, author of the novel ‘Powder Necklace’ who took her turn to address the audience said Africa needs people who are “very innovative and desperate to succeed”.
In her estimation, slavery, colonialism and neocolonialism have had both positive and negative impacts on Africans hence the need for Africans to work hard and rise to the top. Making a reference to the credentials of investigative journalists Anas Aremeyaw Anas, she urged Ghanaian journalists to highlight what she termed as pressing social matters rather than focusing on politics.
Mr. Charles Buckman, an entrepreneur, on his part gave possible solutions as to how Africa can solve its own problems. He urged African leaders to promote rule of law and good governance in their respective countries and must rise and be the best among the rest.
Actor, Mr John Apea said Africa must write its own narratives and build upon them because they can change the entertainment industry. He stressed on encouraging technology in entertainment and education explaining how internet can be used as a powerful tool to reach out to a wider audience.
Other speakers at the event were Gena West, Maame Yaa Boafo , Robert Ebo Hinson, Selorm Adadevoh, Yaw Opoku, Sheila Aboagye and Jane Afia Awindor.