By Sindiso Dube The Chairperson of the Pan Afrika Agenda Trust, Advocate Tariro Paul Machiridza has urged African states to invest in capacitating its own citizens to curb the high rate of brain drain.
Machiridza was speaking on the event of Africa day commemorations, held on May 25.
Africa Day is the annual commemoration of the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity on May 25, 1963. It is celebrated in various countries on the African continent, as well as around the world.
Running under the theme, Unapologetically Afrikan, the Pan Afrikan Agenda Trust hosted a lecture in the capital introspecting on prospects, reflections and challenges that are faced by the African continent.
“We were self-examining the condition of Africa after 59 years. Has Africa achieved the purposes and objectives it set in 1963 and it appears it has done it and not done to some extent. And we are reflecting on the continent and looking into the prospects and challenges for the Africa we want.
“Africa has a long way to go in making sure that its children benefit from its resources and this starts from a position of mental and ideological consciousness, emancipation and appreciating that they are Africans and embracing their Africanis and standing firm on their African grounds and not allowing circumstances whereby they are told to hate themselves, hate each other and to lose self-confidence in who they are and what they stand for,” he said.
Machiridza added that African states should invest in capacitating their own children to curb brain drain and help develop the African continent.
“Africa is the most resourceful continent in the world but we have not benefited much from it. We have our best minds and skills being taken away by other continents and we are left impoverished.
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“We appreciate what the African leaders are doing to make sure that Africa is integrated and united because an integrated Africa will cause African prosperity so it’s important that the continent unite so that it can benefit from each other.
We need African inter trade and investing in our people, the best resources that Africa has are its people so that they can represent Africa in Africa and benefit the continent,” he said.