Hello, guys, today’s post is about Wode Maya’s surprise meeting with the ex-president of Ghana (John Agyehum Kufour)
Below is an interview with the former President.
Wode Maya: I don’t even know what to say, your excellency. it’s an honor to see you, I’m happy seeing you I don’t even believe that this is happening it’s like a dream come true.
Ex-President: Why can’t you believe it? you can feel me if you like. I see you in spite of your Chinese name.
Wode Maya: I just want to say thank you so much for hosting me this weekend. I want to ask you just a few questions.
How does it feel to be a President of Ghana?
Ex-President: What’s Your Profession?
Wode Maya: Engineering.
Ex-President: My Profession is law and politics, so I aspired from a young age like you to go into politics and i worked it for a very long period and ended up eventually at the pinnacle of my chosen field as President, so it wasn’t anything extraordinary.
I committed myself to serve the people and the people noticed me and gave me the vote.
Wode Maya: Now, I think you’re living your best life because when I came in here I see you moving in and out.
You’re really living your best life but you know what I’m doing right now it’s actually trying to tell both Africans on the continent and Africans in the diaspora to be proud of themselves and know that we are Africans.
so I just want to ask you one simple question. How proud are you to call yourself an African?
Ex-President: Very very proud, just like a Chinese person is proud to describe himself or talk about himself.
A Chinese or European would say they are European or American, me I’m very proud as an African.
Wode Maya: But a lot of Africans has turned their back against the continent.
Ex-President: Africa is a very huge continent with diverse backgrounds and histories, so I tell you, the way the world is going, I know wherever these people are, they’ll come around to see Africa as a place to uphold and to be, because Africa has got everything, and we are quickly becoming the envy of other people.
Wode Maya: We got like the African diasporans, people who are not born on the continent but now born in the diaspora.
As a former president, if you have a message for people like that, what will you?
Ex-President: look, in the whole world there is a true revolution happening around the world now.
Forget about the technologies, it’s people insisting on being identified for who they are wherever, in Europe, in Asia, in Africa too.
Everybody wants to be counted as a person and I subscribe to the universality of mankind.
You may be red or green, once you are human you are entitled to dignities, and Africa is included so you may be born in the united states but unfortunately, these days when we look at the news we see that it seems discrimination is still rife in that great place.
A nation that was built with migrants and technology and everything helped to make it like a foremost nation on earth with all the supposed enlightenment why should the people there continue to practice discrimination against the blacks.
But i tell you, when you are looking at nature, nature endowed Africa with more natural resources than perhaps anybody else.
As we talk now, we know that Africa has more than over 60 percent of farmable lands on earth.
Now we are thinking of food security and production is 60 percent in Africa so why should anybody feel shy to be seen as an African.
Wode Maya: i’ve been telling so many people that Africa is the future but people are saying i shouldn’t say Africa is the future, i should say Africa is now.
Ex-President: Africa is now but me i say that the future is for humanity generally.
We talk of global village meaning all people of races, of gender, of religion, must quickly seize the opportunity to grow into this village as neighbors so we share together.
Look you know you’ve come to see me when the whole world is afflicted with the pandemic.
We are searching for solutions we haven’t found it. Has these things fed anybody?
Whether you are American or Chinese, we are all in the boat together which should teach us that we should sail together or perhaps we destroy the planet together, so we are into times where we should see the future as belonging to the human being and Africa is part of it.
When you look at the map of the world, you will see the continental arrangements which made Africa sits quite in the middle of the arrangements.
Europe to the north, the Americas north and south, to the west is Asia to the east and down south is all sea Atlantic joining the antarctic and so forth.
With all the endowments of Africa and with youth like you from Africa with the mobility that the new technologies have facilitated into the globe now, how can anybody say they are not proud to be African.
With where the world is going, the world is for all of us together we must learn quickly to live together but Africa holds the center of natural resources, and thankfully the African Union, the continental union of nations is talking about a new partnership for Africa’s development.
Partnership from both within and from outside is welcome but the only thing is it’s a win-win, that should underpin the partnerships.
Once we get it like that and we are moving, creating opportunities for youths like you, so you are not driven to try to cross the Sahara desert by foot or by rickety vehicles or to be sunk or drowned in say the mediterranean sea because you think there’s a greener pasture somewhere.
Africa has got it all.
Wode Maya: Africa has got it all but you know, Africa is made up of 54 African countries and there’s this message that i’m actually preaching on my channel that we need to come together as well.
Ex-President: Don’t make it a precondition, it’s happening. i suspect you’ve traveled extensively on the continent and i understand you are using your technological grasp to send messages all over Africa and into wherever Africa’s African diasporans are.
Have you come as one with anybody physically?
Wode Maya: Have i come?
Ex-President: As one, you say African-American countries must unite, the unity comes from knowledge and the new technologies and also the self-respect. I told you that identity is the revolution around the world now, everybody wants to be counted and you may be west African, East African, South African, North African.
If you know yourself and you are self-assured you don’t need the stamp of any other person to put your hand on your chest.
Me i’m confident like you and proud as an African. Once the whole of Africa appreciates this, the unity will be there.
Wode Maya: i’m asking this question for the African diasporans, this thing they need to be granted automatic citizenship when they get here, how does it work?
Ex President: oh the African union describes that they are the sixth region of Africa.
On the continent, there are five regions, north, west, east, and i believe central and southern Africa but officially the African union said the sixth region is the Africans around the world, so they are here and i believe there’s even a spokesperson or an ambassador representing the diaspora and African at the summit of Africa, so they only have to venture and come, they will say they are coming back home to their roots.
Wode Maya: I just wanted to thank you so much for talking to me but we’ve got a lot of African youth watching us right now and i would love you to just send one message to the entire African youth watching us.
Ex-President: African youths i’m grandfather to all of you my firstborn is about 56 years old and it’s given me grandchildren who are your age.
You should be proud of yourselves the pigmentation of your skin is nothing. i have no complex at all, I see people as individuals. You may be as white as a snow but if you are a crook to me, you are a crook and not worthy of my company.
You may be as black as myself, if your mind and your sense of values are things i respect, I’ll lay the red carpet for you to walk on.
So be proud of your Africanness and know that if you are in America united states or whatever or china, i tell you the place for your roots are here.
I wouldn’t say Africa is better than everywhere else but i tell you Africa is equal to everybody everywhere else, so be proud to be an African and look towards Africa.
Okay guys we have come to the end of this interview with the Former President Of The Republic Of Ghana.
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