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Former UK Premier Take your destiny into your own hands - Tony Blair tells Ghana

“What ever the challenge is, there is a genuine opportunity in Ghana,” Tony Blair.

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Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Tony Blair, has revealed that the current state of Africa is a “scar on the conscience of the world”.

He made this comment when the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) hosted him during an interaction with the media.

Mr Blair also opined that it is incumbent on countries like Ghana to position themselves in the right way to benefit from the world. He stated that there is an enormous amount of goodwill towards Ghana, internationally but “[African] countries should take their own destiny into their own hands”.

play Tony Blair addresses the media at the IEA encounter with the media.


“I am very confident about Ghana and I think the people of Ghana should be confident about the country. Right now is the moment for understanding the country and developing it and set the country on the right path” he said in response to a question on how best Ghana can position itself and accelerate job creation.

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“What ever the challenge is, there is a genuine opportunity in Ghana,” he added.

Answering another question on whether Africans should consider age when electing a leader, Mr Blair said “I actually think you should elect the best person whether they are younger or older. I don’t favour the age limit, I favour the right of the people to decide, whether they are old or younger is not a matter at all”.

In concluding the former PM said Africa is close to his heart. “I have made friends right across this amazing and inspiring continent.”

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Earlier in the day, he paid a courtesy call on President Nana Akufo-Addo the Flagstaff House to congratulate him on his victory in the 2016 election.

He also shared with the President strategic initiatives he is embarking on to support African leaders to turn their visions for development into realities.

Mr Blair served as the Prime Minister from 1997 to 2007 as well as the leader of the Labour Party from 1994 to 2007. He is currently helping eight countries in Africa deliver on the priorities to their people.

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