Prof. Delanyo Adadevoh, AFReG Chairman, Founder and President, International Leadership Foundation began his presentation by quoting Jesus Christ who declared, “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). He continued, “As Africans, a new self-definition will set us free. We need to pursue the truth of who we are as Africans and to pursue God’s purpose and dream not only for Africa, but for all of humanity. When we dream of a new Africa, we are dreaming of the Kingdom of God in operation amongst African people. We should desire the same for all other nations.
Be a lender not a borrower (Deuteronomy 28:9, 12).
We are missing the mark as children of God and as Africans in our vision, in our governance, and our stewardship of the resources God has given us. The development potential of a people is not measured by the quantity or amount of resources that they have, but it is measured by their resourcefulness; the capacity that they have to add value to their existing resources. Our vision for the new Africa is that Africa will fight and redefine itself, reposition itself, develop and become resourceful and carry that message of God’s blessing to other nations.
We need to pray for the United States of Africa.
The vision of the coming Kingdom of God and the vision of the Kingdom of God in the Now should be the compass that informs how we live our lives, how we lead and govern, and how we serve. We need to pray for the United States of Africa. It is only a united Africa that can stand on its feet and challenge the rest of the world. The Church needs to pray for Africa’s integration and for strategic continental projects, e.g., the Unity of Africa; Renaissance Dam (Ethiopia); Grand Inda Dam (DRC) and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The Church is well-positioned to design and clarify the vision for the new Africa, as well as to identify particular projects that will propel Africa forward.
The dream is real. The moment has come. Africa’s time for emancipation and advancement into the new era has come upon us. Let us think differently and have the courage to act differently.
‘You will know the truth and the truth will set you free. If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed (John 8:32, 36).’”