Economic liberation is the best way to honour our forefathers

Kwame Nkrumah, Julius Nyerere and Kenneth Kaunda are part of a generation of leaders known as the “founding fathers of Africa”. Sixty years ago, they led a movement to liberate the continent from the shackles of colonialism.

Today, as I see projections by McKinsey showing Africa will have the largest workforce in the world by 2040, and yet more than 60 per cent of the population still survives on less than $2 a day, I realise how urgently we need a different type of liberation — this time from poverty, not colonialism.

Unless we generate our own wealth as a continent, we will never be able to stand on our own two feet and will forever remain dependent on others. Only with our own wealth will we be able to pave our roads, educate our children, feed our families and provide decent healthcare, sanitation and housing.

So who has the courage to lead this new fight for economic freedom? I believe there is only one type of hero who can liberate us today: the indigenous African entrepreneur.

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