New York — Philanthropists Bill Gates, Mo Ibrahim and Aliko Dangote took to the stage at Africa Center to chat about the future of business on the continent. African heads of state, business leaders and celebrities, including supermodel Naomi Campbell, were in attendance.
Bill Gates brought up the challenge of climate change. “Africa is where we are going to meet some of our toughest challenges. Sadly the impact climate change, although Africa had the least to do to cause climate change. The actual difficulties will first be felt by the farmers of Africa,” he said.
While Mo Ibrahim said the stereotype of African corruption is an issue. “Let’s be frank, there is a lot of minds in the West here - people think Africa is a very corrupt place. Corruption is a problem a global problem. I don’t think it is an African problem.”
Aliko Dangote spoke about Africa’s rising wealth. “Today when you look at it you are thinking about the five fastest-growing economies in the world - four are in Sub Saharan Africa.”
The Center has received a financial boost of 25 million dollars in donations including 20 million from the Aliko Dangote Foundation to complete its next phase of construction.