UG hosts the Pan-African intellectual and cultural festival Kwame Nkrumah


The Kwame Nkrumah Chair in African Studies, under the auspices of the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana, hosts the 3rd Kwame Nkrumah Pan-African Intellectual and Cultural Festival which will take place from Monday 20 to Friday 24 September 2021.

The main festival will be preceded by a 3-day Youth and Film Festival which will run from September 15 to 17.

The theme of this year’s Festival is “Pan-Africanism, Feminism and the Next Generation: Unleashing the Cultural Economy”. The theme is in line with Kwame Nkrumah’s ideology of autonomy and liberation from imperialism.

This year’s festival aims to celebrate and showcase the beauty, ingenuity and creativity of African cultural production. It will provide a dynamic transgenerational platform for intellectual debate on the type of cultural and economic architecture needed to transform Africa’s material and cultural resources into decent livelihoods and well-being for Africans.

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s festival will be a bold and visionary experiment to advance digitization for African purposes. The events will be organized digitally and broadcast live worldwide on the Internet for the first time.

The three-day youth-hosted festival “YouthFirst” will celebrate the creativity and inventiveness of African youth across the continent and in the Diaspora. It will demonstrate the immense potential of young Africans and reflect on the unique conditions that the next generation will face.

Youth First curators call on all young Africans to join them in telling their stories, to inspire new visions of a continent that values ​​future generations and places African youth firmly in charge of its own affairs.

The main 5-day festival brings together the best of African cultural workers, academics, activists and practitioners from various sectors of the African and global cultural economy to contribute to a truly pan-African discourse.

This makes it a powerful and rich program which includes: political symposia and discussions, dance and music performances, film screening, art exhibition, as well as demonstration of inventions and technologies.
innovations galvanized by African women, youth and other movements of the 21st century concerned with ensuring a better future for Africa and the world. Pan-Africanism cannot remain an old patriarchal heritage dominated by the ideas and ways of the past.

This year’s festival is brought to life by new generations of forward-looking women, youth and men. Together, we repopulate and transform our cultures, economies and ecologies by redirecting them to our
public interest so that Africans do not only survive but grow, create and prosper in the future which
we announce


Darcy J. Skinner

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