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Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has shown his objection to the way the stories of the Africa continent are being narrated by the West.
Obasanjo expressed that the ugly narratives hinder the way Africa is being perceived worldwide, adding that it is imperative to change the narrative for the sake of posterity.
PLATFORM TIMES reports that the former president reintroduced the discourse at the celebration of his 85th birthday at the presidential library in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital.
The theme of the international symposium: Leadership and Africa Narrative in Development and Progress of Africa: was discussed by world leaders and Nigerians at the occasion on Saturday.
The former head of state noted that the single stories being told about Africa would make the coming generations unaware of the true history of the continent.
He said, “To ensure that as a people and a race, we should make our people appreciate the contribution to human civilization, development and to be aware of inhumanity, indignity, cruelty and the destruction that we have suffered so as to learn lessons from local, national, regional, international, continental and global event that impacted on us.
“We must stop to live by an unreserved ideas, ideology, belief and standard foreign to our culture and we should cherish belief of our philosophy, worldview and understanding.
“If it comes from Africa, it is barbaric and uncivilised but if it comes from elsewhere, it is good and we take it stupidly a times.”
PLATFORM TIMES further reports that Obasanjo urged African leaders to make life worth living at their respective nations and to also make more impact at the international level.
“We must must essentially make ourselves essential contributors to the world civilization, world ethos, world development and world preservation, sustainance and world recreation.
“We must ensure governance and system of administration that make us of core human resources and talent exclusively for rapid development and transformation for the preservation of seeking, utilising and sustaining the best and continue to do the best and inclusively.”
The elder stateman added, “To appreciate, cherish and uphold our past and present in the way that will enhance our future and strengthen our participation in the global decision making process and enhance our share of the world division of labour.”
The 85-year-old man also disclosed that the mission of retelling the story of Africa has birthed the creation of the African Narrative Club which “its organ is yet to be formally established”.
The dignitaries at the event include; the Director-General, World Trade Organisation, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Prince Dapo Abiodun represented by his Deputy, Salako Oyedele, in-coming governor of Anambra state, Professor Chukwuma Soludo ex-governor Ibikunle Amosun, first-class monarchs and reputable chiefs in the state.
Others; keynote address by Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, United Arab Emirate, Sheikh Shakbook bin Nahyan, professor Goski Akabi (Ghana), Juma Shabani (Burundi), ambassador Barry Desker (Singapore) Dr. Mary Khimulu (Kenya), Dr. Moussaka Kondo (Mali) and Professor Sarah Agbor (Cameroon) the ambassadors, former president, Republic of Benin, Nicéphore Dieudonné and president Paul Kagame, Republic of Rwanda among others.