Event Date and time: Tuesday 23rd May, 2017 | 17:45 – 21:00 

Venue details: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre SOAS| Thornhaugh Street | London WC1H 0XG

Organisers: The Royal African Society | Centre of African Studies, University of London and the Ghana High Commission

Event website: Ghana 60 Years On: Mobilising for Ghana’s Future

Event cost: General Public £8 | Free for RAS members, SOAS staff and students

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 by 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.

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


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