African leaders must unite, collaborate to boost Africa’s fortunes — Youssou N’Dour
, 2022-05-29 11:49:10,
For the fourth time since its launch in 2019, experts and promoters of African culture and tradition assembled in Lagos to appraise progress in spreading the gospel of the beauty of African values.
A former Senegalese tourism minister and celebrated musician and songwriter, Youssou N’Dour, headlined the event, themed “The Importance of Reflecting Our African Culture in Global Success Stories.”
He was also a speaker at the event held at the United Bank for Africa (UBA) headquarters, in Lagos.
Mr Ndour, who commended the bank for showcasing the beauties of Africa, urged African leaders in politics and business to unite and collaborate towards boosting the fortunes of the continent.
He said Africa is rich in diversity and that the best approach to keep the rich cultural heritage alive is through collaboration and unity of purpose.
“Young people in Africa have many questions, and we have to listen to them and see how together we can be a solution for Africa. We need to understand that there is a lot to do. Together we can make it,” Mr Ndour said.
The panel discussion, which a broadcast journalist, Laila Salami-Johnson, moderated, featured a rich mix of experts drawn from various African countries.
They include the Namibian high commissioner to Nigeria, Humphrey Geiseb; a media guru and former commissioner for tourism in Lagos State, Steve Ayorinde; an award-winning Ghanaian actress, Lydia Forson; and a fashion designer, Kenneth Ize.
Speaking, Mr Geiseb said globalisation has been good for Africa, especially in the efforts to showcase African culture and tradition.
He said: “Of course, there are still some gaps, there are still a lot of things about Africa that are not known, and I believe that culture and Arts can…
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