Kojo Oppong Nkrumah

Kojo Oppong Nkrumah

The first All-African People Conference (AAPC), a platform created to set ambitious agenda to change the terms of the relationship between Africa and her colonialist has ended in Accra.

The conference themed “Revisiting the 1958 All-African People’s Conference – The Unfinished Business of Liberation and Transformation resolutions on Africa’s Transformation sought to find answers to issues confronting the youth of the continent.”

The conference brought together groups and individuals working at the forefront of the unfinished business of Africa’s liberation and transformation and created a platform for academia and activists to share insights from research and practice debates and also adopt resolutions on Africa’s transformation.

The 4-day conference touched on the emerging state of the youth on the continent through seven plenary sessions, parallel sessions, and cultural film shows.

The AAPC was set up in 1958 by eight independent countries to energise the various independence movements on the continent to win the liberation struggle as well as to encourage nationalist leaders under colonial rule to mobilise the masses and establish political movements and to adapt strategies for executing African revolution.

The Director of the Institute of African Studies of the University of Ghana, Legon Professor Dodzi Tsikata urged the youth of Africa to take centre stage in the transformation of the continent in order to drive the agenda for the future of Africa.

According to her, the struggle for Anti-colonialism evokes the historical antecedence of women in the fight for liberation and ensure that everyone had a fair share of government policies.

Professor Horace G. Campbell the past president of Nkrumah Endowed Chair in African Studies said the use of weapons in the name of Pan-Africanism has been the bane of the socio-economic growth of the continent.

According to him, the Pan-African unity of the continent can only be achieved through peace and expressed for the need for the quality of life of the people to be a priority over revolutionary messages.

“Revolutionaries have used weapons to fight for liberation only to cause nightmares to the citizens, we need to mobilise people in the form of new leadership because we cannot have Pan-Africanism without peace”, he said.

Mr Kafui Tsekpo a panelist in the plenary sessions urged the need for a system that allows the youth of the continent to participate in the political space of the continent, he advocated the youth to spearhead the presence of the continent into the future in order for Africa to achieve transformation.

By Lawrence Vomafa Akpalu and David Takyi

 

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