Obokese Calls For The Flames Of Pan Africanism To Be Re-ignited

Social Pan Africanism Fight
Social Pan Africanism Fight

Nana Obokese Ampah I, the Apagyahen of Asebu Traditional Area, has called for the flames of Pan Africanism to be re-ignited to liberate Africa from the throes of neo-colonialism, poverty and ignorance.

He charged Africans to ‘fight’ the oppressors’ rule with their might, believing that the Continent and the Diaspora had the capacity to rise up again and reshape their destiny.

“Africa has everything to be the wealthiest continent, yet, we have been destroyed by the people who colonised us. But we can use our creative abilities to challenge the system through the ‘vessel ‘ of Pan Africanism,” Nana Ampah stressed.

He was speaking at the launch of this year’s Diaspora Education Summit held in Cape Coast.

The summit scheduled for Thursday, September 19 to Saturday, September 24 at UCC, is expected to assemble representatives of some 15 historical black colleges and universities across Europe to partake in the programme.

Major highlights of the summit will include engagement with students on the African renaissance, capacity building, visits to Assin-Manso Slave River, Cape Coast and Elmina Castles to be climaxed with chieftaincy awards.

Nana Ampah recalled how Europe from the 15th to the 19th centuries, moved across the oceans, robbed, and exploited both the human and material wealth of the continent, enslaved, and later colonise it for more than 400 years.

He explained that Africans had been through a lot of agony, and now in mental slavery which must be reversed to free it from all forms of slavery.

He celebrated the toil, sweat and the agony the early leaders of the independence struggle went through and particularly mentioned, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, W.E.B Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, and George Padmore for the independence journey, which needed to be pursued to its logical conclusion.

Africa, Nana Ampah said, was colonised by people who knew nothing about the continent, saying “everything we had was taken away.”

It was towards this end that a foundation, Obokese Foundation formed with the dedication to empower African educational excellence, had set up a university to bring Pan-African groups of scholars from Africa and the Diaspora together to teach the next generation of students to appreciate African values and culture.

Nana Ampah was optimistic that the university, the brainchild of the chiefs of Asebu led by Nana Ampah, will teach the African history, tell the African story, and provide guidance as to what Africa needed to do to liberate the minds and souls of its people to drive development in Ghana and the entire continent.

Dr Edward Bush, President of Consumers River College in the United States of America, told Africans not to lose hope in themselves by constant negative imagery, mental slavery, and socioeconomic and religious indoctrination about the Continent.

Instead, it was about time the African youth prepared for a new era of innovation-robotics and economics, saying that offered more potential to make the desired impact.

Dr Bush added that the development of concepts with their roots in Africa, had the prospect of working towards the decolonization of the African mind and its intellectual landscape.

The decolonization of the African mind, he noted provided an argument for the urgent need for better understanding of the people in post-colonial Africa to rake in their support.

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