SOAS University of London

Centre of African Studies

Ghana 57 years after 1957: Recalibrating the Course of Progress

Ghana 57 years after 1957
Nana Akufo Addo, Dr Michael Amoah, Manji Cheto

Date: 3 March 2014Time: 6:00 PM

Finishes: 3 March 2014Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Suite

Type of Event: Panel Discussion

Ghana was the first African nation to gain independence on March 6, 1957 and has since often been held up as an example of political and economic achievement. Successive democratic elections with peaceful transitions have entrenched civilian rule for the past two decades. The discovery of large quantities of off-shore crude oil in 2007 contributed to an economic growth rate of 15 per cent and in 2010 Ghana attained middle-income status after a reassessment of its GDP.

In 2012, the country held its most recent national elections with incumbent President John Mahama winning with 50.7 per cent of the vote, the result of which was contested by opposition leader Nana Akufa Addo. In the aftermath of these highly contested but non-violent elections, public sentiment is that the country needs to focus on addressing the main obstacles to its development.

Marking Ghana's 57th year of independence, this event brings together a panel of key national public figures to discuss the country's progress and address its major challenges, setting out and implementing strategic development plans that transcend politics, fighting corruption and the mismanagement of public funds, tackling both unemployment and high inflation.

To register, please go to the Royal African Society website.

Organiser: The Centre of African Studies, University of London and the Royal African Society