Institute of African Studies to mark anniversary of 1st AIC –African Peopl’s Confab

Prof. Dzodzi Tsikata (left) speaking at the launch.

Prof. Dzodzi Tsikata (left) speaking at the launch.

The Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana on Thursday launched the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the 1st All-African Peoples. Conference (AAPC) in Accra.

The four-day commemorative event to be held in the first week of December with the support of Ghana Trades Union Congress, (TUC), the Socialist Forum of Ghana and the Lincoln University of the United States of America would focus on the unfinished business of decolonisation and Africa’s reconstruction after the 1958 conference.

It also aimed at creating the platform to debate and adopt resolutions on Africa’s transformation based on conclusions and recommendations of schools and activists who would share their insights from research and practice.

It would be under the theme, “Revisiting the 1958 All-Africa Peoples’ conference- The unfinished business of liberation and transformation.”

Launching the event at a media briefing, Prof. Dzodzi Tsikata, the Director of the Institute of Africa Studies said the first AAPC was not only historic but remained significant in the struggle for liberation and the quest for African Unity.

She said following the conference and similar meetings, African leaders and forces committed to African unity, worked hard for the establishment of a permanent organisation to support liberation and work for continental unification.

“This led to the formation of the organisation of Africa Unity in May 1963 which in 2002 was transformed into the African Union, with a specific timetable for the full unification of Africa,” she said.

Prof. Tsikata said the 60th anniversary of AAPC would focus on Africa’s development deficits and its failed agrarian transitions, de-industrialisation and a third scramble for Africa’s land and resources adding that these deficits were reflected in the low quality of the lives of Africa’s working people worldwide and challenges they faced including the poor quality of education and health services.

She said the conference which would be chaired by Professor Akilakpa Sawyerr, a former Vice Chancellor and Secretary General and the Association of African Universities would bring together 200 representatives of activist groups, scholars and cultural workers to engage in open and frank reflections on African condition in the contemporary world against the backdrop of the 1958 conference.

BY LAWRENCE MARKWEI AND EVANGEL KELVIN AINOO.

 

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