Vice President-elect Shettima Highlights Africa’s Economic Progress, Calls for Balanced Media Coverage

Vice President-elect Shettima Highlights Africa’s Economic Progress, Calls for Balanced Media Coverage

...By Lola Smith for TDPel Media.

In his speech at the inauguration of the Dangote Petroleum Refinery in Lagos State, Vice President-elect Kashim Shettima emphasized that the African continent should not be solely defined by poverty and the crisis in Sudan, as portrayed by the foreign media.


He called for a broader perspective, highlighting Africa’s potential and achievements.

Shettima urged major international news organizations such as CNN, BBC, and SkyNews to provide extensive coverage of the momentous event.

Africa’s Diversity and Economic Growth:

Shettima firmly stated that Africa encompasses more than just insecurity and poverty.

He stressed the need to recognize the diverse aspects of the continent, including its economic progress.

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The commissioning of the largest oil refinery in Africa was presented as a significant milestone, deserving the attention and recognition of global media outlets.

Presence of African Presidents and Dignitaries:

The event saw the attendance of several African presidents, including President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria, Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana, President Faure Gnassingbé of Togo, President Mahamat Déby of Chad, President Macky Sall of Senegal, and President Mohamed Bazoum of Niger.


This gathering of prominent leaders further highlighted the importance and significance of the occasion.

Distinguished Guests from Various Fields:

Apart from the heads of state, numerous dignitaries from diverse fields attended the event.

Vice President-elect Kashim Shettima, alongside presidential candidates Rabiu Kwankwaso (New Nigeria Peoples Party) and Peter Obi (Labour Party), were present.

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Additionally, former governors such as James Ibori, Donald Duke, Kayode Femi, and Seriake Dickson were in attendance, reflecting the political diversity of the region.

Prominent Figures from the National and Business Sectors:

Several influential figures from Nigeria’s political, legislative, and business domains graced the occasion.

Former Senate President Bukola Saraki, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Ibrahim Wase, Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State, Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State, and Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State were among the notable attendees.

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The event also drew the participation of renowned Nigerian businessman Adedeji Adeleke, as well as billionaire entrepreneurs Femi Otedola and Tony Elumelu.


Vice President-elect Kashim Shettima’s remarks at the inauguration of the Dangote Petroleum Refinery shed light on the need to portray Africa in a more comprehensive and positive manner.


The event not only showcased Africa’s economic progress but also brought together influential leaders and dignitaries from various sectors.

It is essential to recognize Africa’s diverse achievements and potential beyond the stereotypes perpetuated by foreign media, thereby fostering a more accurate understanding of the continent’s advancements.

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