Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

Ghana at Fifty Symposium: British Columbia, Canada

Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

Ghana at Fifty Symposium: British Columbia, Canada

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(A JPAS Internal Editorial)

"If we do not formulate plans for unity and take active steps to form a political union, we will be fighting and warring among ourselves with the imperialists and colonialists standing by behind the screen and pulling vicious wires, to make us cut each others throats for the sake of their diabolical purposes in Africa."

In 1957, Ghana became a trailblazer for African liberation, led by visionary Pan-Africanist Dr. Kwame Nkrumah as Ghana's struggle for independence came to epitomize Africa's own tortuous road to liberation from centuries of foreign control and exploitation.

Dr. Nkrumah's vision of a united and prosperous Africa that would become the home of Africans everywhere was spelt out on March 6, 1957 at the Old Polo grounds in Accra. Flanked by his comrades and facing thousands of his compatriots, with tears of joy and premonition streaming down his cheeks Nkrumah declared: "At long last the battle has ended, and Ghana, your beloved country is free for ever!" Referring to Marcus Garvey his hero and from whom he drew so much inspiration, Nkrumah said: "He looked through the world if he could find a government of a Black people. Marcus Garvey did not find one. And he said he was going to create one. Marcus Garvey did not succeed. But here today, the dreams of Garvey ... and all those who have gone before us have to reality at this present moment."

He went on to intone his now famous words: "The independence of Ghana is meaningless unless it is linked up with total liberation of the entire African continent." Nkrumah's revolutionary and Pan-Africanist ideas swept across the entire continent--from Casablanca to Cape Town; from Angola to Zimbabwe. Consistent with his independence-day declaration that the independence of Ghana was meaningless unless it was linked with the total liberation of the entire African continent, Nkrumah trained African liberation fighters, financed their movements and encouraged them to dislodge colonial rule from their territories.

On March 23, 2007 a symposium jointly organized by the Ghana Canada Association of British Colombia and Kwantlen University College in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada under the theme: Ghana and Canada-50 Years of Friendship panelists charted Ghana's role to political liberty by looking at the past 50 years, and trying to envision the next half century. …

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