About The Conference

The 6th of March 1957, marked an important milestone for Ghana and the African Diaspora.  On this date Ghana became the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to gain its independence from colonialism.  This landmark conference seeks to evoke the spirit and memory of 1957 – a time when Ghana’s independence, was a source of pride for people’s of African descent and an inspiration for African liberation and civil rights movements in the African diaspora and beyond.

Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s founding President lived and studied in the USA and the UK where he became part of a group of activists who advanced the cause of pan-Africanism and kinship amongst all peoples of African descent.  As a result of his passion to unite the African diaspora, historical ties of kinship and the physical evidence of the dark history of the ‘Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade’ along its coast, Ghana was and still remains a pilgrimage destination (and for some home) for people’s of African descent from the diaspora. Those who have come include amongst many others, W.E.B. DuBois, Martin Luther King, George Padmore, Malcolm X, Maya Angelou, Franz Fanon, Nina Simone, Muhammed Ali, Rita Marley and more recently, Barack and Michelle Obama.

Envisioned within the spirit of the “UN Decade of Peoples of African Descent” and the framework of UNESCO’s History and Memory for Dialogue Section, the conference will commemorate and celebrate the legacy of Nkrumah, reflect on the country’s achievements in the period since independence, celebrate excellence found at home and abroad, and seek to forge a vision for the progress of peoples of African descent.  It will unite panelists from diverse backgrounds with a diverse group of international participants and provide a forum for building networks and opportunities for trade, commerce and investment on the continent. There will also be a gala dinner, fashion show and concert on the evening of the 8th of March celebrating the talent of internationally-acclaimed performers from home and the Diaspora.

The conference is being organised by the Heritage and Cultural Society of Africa (HACSA), a non-profit, non-governmental organisation (NGO) in partnership with the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the Permanent Delegation of Ghana to UNESCO and the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE). The conference and its associated activities will be held in Accra from the 5th to the 11th of March.  Any surplus from sponsorship raised will contribute to a trust fund which will be created by HACSA to assist in the preservation and maintenance of heritage sites associated with the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.  The mission of HACSA is to advocate for, promote and preserve African heritage and culture now and for the generations to come. Donations for the very important activities of HACSA are welcome. For all enquiries please contact info@destination-ghana.org.