DURBAN – The former president of Ghana, John Mahama, told an audience in Durban on Wednesday that in order for Africans to restore their dignity and self-confidence, the continent’s inherent values needed to be known and understood.
“We must take a hard look at our history and realise that the values of sharing, creating, producing – of being truly independent - of pride and belief in ourselves, can all be harnessed to affect our current circumstances and leave a better future for posterity,” said Mahama.
He was speaking at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium on the first day of the Pan-African Conference Programme, hosted by eThekwini Municipality, the University of KwaZulu-Natal, department of science and technology and others.
Also in attendance were learners, cooperative governance minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, acting eThekwini mayor Fawzia Peer and a host of academics and other dignitaries.
“We must admit that our dignity has been compromised as Africans and we must reclaim our self confidence as a people. This is crucial because the Africa we want must necessarily be anchored on a people who have the assurance of full control of their circumstances and their future,” said Mahama.