Event Programme

March 5th, 2017
Arrival and Welcome
Location: Labadi Beach Hotel


March 6th, 2017
Participation in National Independence Day Celebrations
Location : Independence Square


March 7th, 2017
Conference Day 1
Location : Labadi Beach Hotel Conference Center

Time Event Description
8am Opening Ceremony
Context-setting by the Chair of the Conference Organising Committee
Welcome address
Traditional drumming and dancing
Welcome speeches
Group photograph
9:30 am Slavery, Colonialism, Independence and Democracy Is it a New Dawn for Africa? A panel discussion An interaction with a panel of prominent academics, historians, political scientists and practitioners
11 am Coffee and Networking Break
11:30 am What is the Legacy of Kwame Nkrumah? A discussion on the Liberation Struggle, Pan-Africanism, and the Civil Rights Movement. A panel discussion Descendants of heroes of the liberation and civil rights movements discuss the life and legacy of their forebears.
1:00 pm Lunch Break
3:30 pm Can teaching, learning, and research address the leadership and governance challenges of Africa? A panel discussion with educators, academics and social entrepreneurs.
5:00 pm Coffee and Networking Break
5:30 pm Are the ‘Beautyful Ones’ Born? Artists and Afropolitans: Story salon What are the current trends in African literature? A panel of writers, spoken word artists, poets, and novelists.
7:00 pm History through the lens of award-winning photographer James Barnor A conversation with Mr James Barnor, the renowned Ghanaian photographer, about his iconic images portraying political events and modernity in Africa over the decades.

March 8th, 2017
Conference Day 2
Location : Labadi Beach Hotel Conference Center

Time Event Description
8:30am Tapping the Economic Potential of Africa: Which way forward?
10:00 am Could Ghana be the gateway to sub-Saharan Africa? A short film by GIPC on the attractions of investing in Ghana followed by a presentation.
10:00 am Investing in Africa: Opportunities and Challenges. A panel discussion A ten-minute video on testimonies of successful business startups followed by a panel discussion on the challenges of startups in Ghana.
11:30 am Coffee and Networking Break
12:00 pm Innovation Across Borders: Tapping the potential of the African Diaspora: Story salon Presentations by innovators in Africa and in the Diaspora.
1:30 pm Lunch Break
3:00 pm Heritage, Culture and the Creative Arts: Defining their role in development and progress. Story salon Presentations by renowned personalities in the arts and creative industry.
4:30 pm Trade Fair A trade fair featuring “Made-in-Ghana”products and an exhibition of products from successful business startups.
6:30 pm Free Time
8:00 pm Gala Dinner, Concert & Dance

March 9th and 10th, 2017
Organised tours: The Eastern Slave Route & UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Cape Coast and Elmina


March 11th, 2017
Farewell Event and Departure