- Graça Machel says Africa does not need leaders who are 65 or 75 years old
- The former first lady called on young Africans to remain committed to the task of developing Africa
- Machel believes Africans are looking for young, vibrant and honourable leaders with whom they can relate
South Africa’s former first lady Graça Machel believes Africa does not need leaders who are 65 or 75 years old, but rather Africa needs young vibrant and innovative leaders.
Machel spoke at the African Leadership Academy (ALA) 10-year celebration in Johannesburg on Saturday evening. Machel called on young Africans to remain committed to the mammoth task of developing the continent.
Machel said Africa’s large youth population was looking for young, vibrant and honourable leaders who would be committed to public service.
Briefly.co.za gathered that former president Nelson Mandela’s widow said young Africans needed to take action and ownership of their future roles of leaders.
Machel said young leaders should not be scared to learn from their elder’s and to stand on their shoulders.
"Our young leaders need to stand up and be counted. They need to embrace the knowledge of their elders ‚ stand on their shoulders‚ and take up the challenge of leadership,” she said.
She added that leadership required working together with others for the betterment of the collective rather than serving your own interests.
Machel stressed the need for women to be included in the renewal of the continent. She said the time had come for women to be treated with dignity and respect.
"For far too long‚ women have simply been seen as 'she' and inferior. Even with my age and the positions, I have held‚ I have experienced this.
Machel is the widow of two former African leaders, her first husband was Mozambican president Samora Machel.
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