Ghana to host All Africa People’s Conference on Saturday

BY: Bridget Aazore Yuora
Nii Armah Akomfrah (middle) addressing the media. Those with him are Dr Danaa Nantogmah (left) and Mr Joomaay Ndongo Foye (right). Picture: EDNA ADU-SERWAA
Nii Armah Akomfrah (middle) addressing the media. Those with him are Dr Danaa Nantogmah (left) and Mr Joomaay Ndongo Foye (right). Picture: EDNA ADU-SERWAA

Ghana will on Saturday host the 60th anniversary of the All Africa People’s Conference (AAPC) in Accra.

The five-day conference will be held at the Bank of Ghana (BoG) Auditorium of the University of Ghana on the theme: “Africa Must Unite: a mission for our generation”.

The conference, which seeks to unite African countries, will be graced by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the President of Senegal, Mr Mackey Sall.

Other dignitaries

Other dignitaries and organisations expected at the event include members of the diplomatic corps, youth organisations, women groups, political activists from Africa, Europe, Latin America, North America and the Caribbean.  

The event is being organised by the Kwame Nkrumah Pan-African Centre (KNAC) and the Pan-African Federalist Movement (PAFM) in Ghana.

The opening ceremony will feature speeches, panel discussions, audio-visual presentations, film screenings, poetry, cultural and musical performances. The audio format of Kwame Nkrumah’s classical thesis for Africa’s unity, “Africa Must Unite,” first published in 1963 will be presented in different languages.

Press briefing

Speaking at a press briefing in Accra last Wednesday, a political scientist and Deputy Coordinator for International Provisional Initiating Committee, Mr Joomaay Ndango Fayae, bemoaned how African countries were retrogressing when they were supposed to be independent.

According to him, though Africans had come out of colonialism, they would soon get back to colonialism with the continent’s present leadership.

The Communication Director of the Kwame Nkrumah Pan-African Centre, Nii Armah Akomfrah, urged Africans to unite since that was the only way to rescue Africans from being colonised again.  

He also stated that the youth had lost focus of their identity, adding that the loss in hope was due to the leadership in Africa.

“Young people are losing hope because we know we belong to a continent that has all the resources God has given to anybody but we are not able to transform it,” he added.

The Executive Director of the  Kwame Nkrumah Pan-African Centre, Dr Danaa Nantogmah, said Africans had many ideas but lacked putting them into actions.

“Africans don’t lack ideas, what we do lack is the doers of the ideas, ” he underscored.

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