Ghana 60 Years On: Mobilising for Ghana's Future

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 - 5:45pm to 9:00pm


Date & Time: Tuesday 23rd May, 17:45 - 21:00
Venue: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, WC1H 0XG
Speakers: Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Baroness Valerie Amos, Richard Dowden , Paul Adom-Otchere

Ghana was the first country to gain independence from British colonialism in 1957. This event, celebrating the 60th anniversary of Ghanaian Independence, will be conducted by Ghana's Hon Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey.

The event will premiere the documentary film entitled 'From Gold Coast to Ghana, a Glorious History of Self Determination'. The film depicts the processes of Ghana's independence struggle, from the Imperial Britain’s model of colonisation, to the intense negotiations that attended the challenge to imperial rule. The film presents the controversial plan produced by the British that would allow decolonisation but introduce the markings of of neo-colonialism. The historical film tells the history of Ghana through its constitutions - from the bond of 1844 to the constitution of 1992 - which has now produced 5 presidents and 7 parliaments.

Join us for this film screening, and an evening of discussion, dance and drumming. With contributions from Hon Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Baroness Valerie Amos  (SOAS Director), Richard Dowden (Director of the Royal African Society), Paul Adom-Otchere (Filmmaker) and others to be announced.

The event will be followed by a networking reception in the Brunei Suite.

This event is organised in collaboration with the Centre of African Studies, University of London and the Ghana High Commission

This event is free and open to the public, please reserve your ticket on Eventbrite