- King Bungane III of South Africa, believes Africa has the ability and capacity to become great without relying on external support
- The monarch made the comment at a conference organised by African Economic Merit Awards (AEMA)
- He also encouraged youths in Africa to become creative and come up with new innovations to help the continent
King Bungane III of the Royal Kingdom of Embo, South Africa, has said that Africa, as a continent, has the ability and capacity to become great without relying on external support.
He made the statement while speaking as a special guest during a webinar conference organised on Wednesday, October 7 by African Economic Merit Awards (AEMA) themed, 'Addressing the Economic Challenges of COVID-19 in Rural Communities in Africa.'
“If Africans can reject the systems and cultures of colonialists and return to the drawing board, researching and rediscovering the ancient system of education and civilisation, with our abilities and capacities (resources), the continent of Africa would definitely rise, become great and independent, requiring no external support whatsoever.
“For example, Africa has enough indigenous plants and resources to prevent and cure Covid-19 and any other disease. All that's needed is to invest enough funds into research and the result would be the production of potent vaccines that could rival any other vaccine globally.”
He also encouraged youths in Africa to look into themselves, become creative and come up with new innovations that could address any difficulty that the continent is experiencing.
Also speaking at the conference, founder of AEMA, McEva Temofe, said that the reason for the conference was to address the challenges experienced by rural communities resulting from effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Many rural communities in Africa have been adversely affected in several ways by the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Problems such as hunger, lack of shelter, deforestation, pollution, economic and many more have arisen as a result of the pandemic.
“This is why AEMA, in partnership with Oxfam, has decided to host this conference as an avenue to discuss and proffer relevant and practical solutions to this problem.”
The chief executive of Connected Development and founder Follow The Money, Hamzat Lawal, who was also a guest speaker at the conference, said that the way Africans see themselves would determine the continent's quality of effectiveness and development.
“Being able to unite the young minds with a credible vision about developing the African continent or nation that they can all believe in, will definitely galvanise them to give their full support, which will be a major propelling force towards our desired goals.”
Legit.ng had previously reported that Lawal's Follow The Money in 2019, tracked almost N1.3billion of funds budgeted for projects in 69 grassroots communities across Nigeria.
Nigerian youths are ready to take up the mantle of leadership - Femi Adeyeye| Legit TV