The queen mother of ECOWAS nationals working and living in Ivory Coast, Nana Kyeremaa Abrafi-Koto, has challenged African leaders to make unity of the African continent a priority.

According to the queen mother, African leaders have the best of opportunity to use culture and tradition, to speed up the promotion of unity, peace, stability and harmony in the continent.

Addressing a durbar of chiefs and people to climax this year’s ECOWAS FESTIVAL dubbed ‘FENA 2023’, the queen mother on Sunday, May 28 appealed to governments within the African continent to make the four-decade unity campaign waged by many Pan-Africanists an uncompromising agenda.

“The campaign to unite Africa obviously must be supported by all nationals of the continent,” she said.

Addressing the durbar to climax this year’s festival, the ECOWAS queen mother noted that there couldn’t be development in Africa without unity, and that integration remained an amplifying avenue for building bridges and speeding up the process of development in Africa.

Nana Kyeremaa Abrafi-Koto, who gained the ECOWAS Queen Mothership in Ivory Coast through her social activities, observed that the only inspiration required to push Africa to unite, was through cultural activities.

She lauded the various African embassies in Ivory Coast for backing her up to influence the establishment of this unique festival.

She also praised the administration of  Alassane Dramane Ouattara, President of Ivory Coast, for creating an enabling environment for foreigners to stay and work in Ivory Coast.

The Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Ivory Coast, Kobenan Kouassi Adjoumani, who represented Patrick Jérôme Achi, the Prime Minister of Ivory Coast at the festival, lauded the queen mother for brilliantly initiating the festival to bring together nationals of the continent to celebrate on one stage and to take stock of activities commemorating African unity.

He applauded the queen mother for identifying herself with the Ivorian government and for working to promote culture, development and tourism.

He said the Ivorian government recognizes her singular effort and would support her in various ways to continue to play crucial role in influencing the unity and progress of Africa.

According to Kobenan Kouassi Adjoumani, the Prime Minister of Ivory Coast Patrick Jérôme Achi, and President of Ivory Coast Alassane Dramane Ouattara were all happy with the positive impact Nana Kyeremaa Abrafi-Koto was making in Ivory Coast and Africa in general.