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Obasanjo and Elumelu: The Essence Of Preserving African History

The ongoing 30th annual meetings of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) addressed the importance of preserving African history.

The meeting had speakers like Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria, and Chairman of the Intra-African Trade Fair Benedict Oramah, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Afreximbank, Tony Elumelu, chairman of UBA Group/Heirs Holdings founder and Ralph Everard Gonsalves, Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and Grenadines in attendance.

These speakers who gathered in Accra Ghana spoke on the topic “Shape the Future on the Platform of Lessons from History – Reflections from Africa and the Caribean’ and ‘The Journey to Prosperity.’

Obasanjo believes African history offers guidance to Africans

Speaking during the plenary session, Obasanjo said, “The good and bad in our history must be taken together, we cannot separate them. One of the things that we have not done too well in the past is that we have not taken our history as we should take it, because history is like memory.’’ 

He further noted that history and experience provide wisdom that guides Africans into the future.

Lending his voice to the discussion, Elumelu talked about the key ingredients that have contributed to his career and experience.

He said, “For me, it is a humble beginning. I think I see opportunities where maybe some don’t. I think I see potential where some don’t. I see my success not being a hindrance to other people’s success and I believe that my success should be a catalyst for others to succeed.”

The UBA Group Chairman also said, “I have had my setbacks and I see those setbacks as opportunities to learn, like learning in resilience, learning in patience, learning in tenacity and that is why I support young ones.” 

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