President Akufo-Addo Named As The African Of The Year

South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa congratulating President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo (right)

Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was recently recognised by one of the world’s renowned media entities, Forbes Magazine as the “African of the Year”. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has since been ‘bombarded’ with several salutary messages.

One of such people is South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, who has honored Ghana’s President over his acknowledgment by Forbes Magazine.

At a State Dinner held in honour of the visiting South African President, at Jubilee House, on Saturday, 4th December, the South African President was brimming with praise for his Ghanaian counterpart for being pronounced the – African of the Year by Forbes.

President Ramaphosa lauded the excellencies of President Akufo-Addo which prompted Forbes awarding him the esteemed African of the Year crown.

“We are proud of this recognition, Your Excellency, because it speaks of your commitment, it speaks of your creativity, your innovation, and your clear strategic vision of what should happen in your own country, as well as on our beloved African continent” he said.

President Ramaphosa also stressed that the acknowledgment of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo by Forbes is about his vision for Ghana, specifically, the overall African continent.

“The recognition by the magazine is about your vision, not only for Ghana but for the people of our continent as well” the South African President stated.

President Ramaphosa was also intrigued by the cultural heritage of the Ghanaian people.

“This morning, Your Excellency, you took me to Kumasi to show me the wonders of Ghanaian culture and spectacular traditions during the 50th Celebration of Nana Otuo Sriboe II of Juaben. I was deeply moved and impressed to see how Ghana has continued to keep true to the traditions of old, traditions that span generations and generations”, the South African President said.

As indicated by the South African President Ramaphosa, he will return to South Africa with clear recollections of the Ghanaian people who are together in the extremely peaceful spirit.

On his part, President Akufo-Addo thanked President Ramaphosa and his appointment for their visit to Ghana, and repeated his certainty that the visit will extend the ties of kinship and co-operation between the two nations and their citizens.

“For me, one of the essential pillars of our relations must be the mutual nurturing of our young people. They are the ones to inherit the legacy of our current co-operative endeavours, who should work towards preserving and further enriching it,” he said.

The President continued, “With your visit, I am confident that a solid foundation for this new and mutually-beneficial co-operation has been laid, just as we have renewed our determination to work towards strengthening our common commitment to our continental organisation, the African Union”.

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