Russia- Africa Relationship Disastrous to Pan-Africanism – Dr. Mensah. Credit: University of Ghana Business School, University of Ghana, Legon.
Nov 06, 2019
Dr. Kobby Mensah, a Political Marketing Strategist and Senior Lecturer with the Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship at the University of Ghana Business School, has hinted that the two-day Russia-Africa Summit may be disastrous to all the works concerning Pan-Africanism. He made this remark during an interview with Christine Mhundwa of DW News Africa on Wednesday, 23rd October 2019.
Dr. Mensah opined that the two-day Russia-Africa Summit counters the recently mooted Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), hailed as key to facilitating the development of the continent. He bemoaned the inability of African leaders to see this fact.
When asked about the relationship between the continent and China, Dr. Mensah stated that he was unsure of the effectiveness of the Chinese model which stresses on equal partnership. “The Chinese and other development partners come to Africa stressing on equal partnership but do the opposite once they go into contract with the continent,” he added.
Dr. Mensah concluded by stating that it was time African leaders looked inward in terms of development. “I think that it is high time that African leaders looked into how Africans could charter their development path,” he noted.