SOAS University of London

Centre of African Studies

Ghana 60 years on, mobilizing for Ghana's future

Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey (MP), Paul Adom-Otchere

Date: 23 May 2017Time: 5:45 PM

Finishes: 23 May 2017Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Launch Event

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

The event will premiere the documentary film From Gold Coast to Ghana, a Glorious History of Self Determination. The historical film depicts the processes of Ghana's independence struggle, from the Imperial Britain’s model of colonisation, to the intense and sometimes violent negotiations that attended the challenge to imperial rule. How did the controversial plan produced by the British at this historical moment allow the progress of decolonisation but ensure the ground was laid for the forces of neo-colonialism? From Gold Coast to Ghana tells the history of Ghana through its constitutions - from the bond of 1844 to the constitution of 1992 - which has now produced five presidents and seven 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.

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

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This event is organised in collaboration with the Royal African Society and the Ghana High Commission

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