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Africa: Darkey challenges African leaders to emulate Mandela and end poverty in Africa

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The Consul General South Africa Consulate in Lagos, Ambassador Darkey Africa, has challenged leaders in Africa to take a cue from the life of the late sage and embrace intelligent, creative and selfless virtues as necessary panacea to emancipate the continent from the shackles of poverty and to accelerate developments.

Ambassador Darkey Africa said this during the media parley for the Dr. Nelson Mandela Centenary celebrations, led by the South African Consulate Lagos in collaboration with South African Tourism West Africa, United Nations Information Center (UNIC) and National Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) both in Nigeria.

Responding to questions from the media for the event celebration themed, “Be The Legacy”, Mr. Darkey asserted that, “Today, Africa is the capital of poverty. It is the responsibilities of member States of the UN to help as member States needs to agree on how to go about it. There are countries which have shown interest to fight poverty. It is also our responsibilities to try to change the statistics. The problem of Africa is the problem of leadership, not resources or man power.”

Mr. Darkey maintained that “Celebrating Mandela Centenary provides a unique opportunity for people around the world to not only reflect on Mandela’ life and times, but also to uphold values and principles that he steadfastly stood for, including his vision of a democratic, just and equitable society.

By Renn Offor

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