The 6th of March 1957, marked an important milestone for Ghana and the African Diaspora. On this date Ghana became the first country in Africa, South of the Sahara to gain its independence from colonialism. In March 2017, an international conference will be held in Accra to mark the 60th Anniversary of Ghana’s Independence by the Heritage and Cultural Society of Africa (HACSA) under the patronage of UNESCO, in association with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Creative Arts and the National Commission for Civic Education. This landmark conference seeks to evoke the spirit and memory of 1957 – a time when Ghana’s independence, under the leadership of our founding President Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, was a source of pride for Peoples of African descent and an inspiration for African liberation and civil rights movements in the African Diaspora and beyond.
The Heritage and Cultural Society of Africa a non-profit organisation with the mission of protecting and preserving African Heritage and Culture is organising the African Diaspora Homecoming Conference at the Labadi Beach Hotel Omanye Conference Centre on the 7th and 8th of March. There will also be a a gala dinner and concert on the evening of the 8th of March celebrating the talent of performers from home and the African Diaspora. Tickets are on sale at the Accra City Hotel and major branches of Fidelity Bank. A Resident’s discount is offered at ¢400 for the conference, ¢600 for the Gala and ¢800 for the combined ticket. Organisations can also purchase corporate tables which seat 8 people. Please take a moment to visit our website at www.destination-ghana.org. to see our A list of speakers and performers.
Envisioned within the framework of the “UN Decade of Peoples of African Descent” and UNESCO’s History and Memory for Dialogue Section, the conference will unite panelists with participants from Ghana and the African Diaspora, to commemorate the milestone of Ghana’s 60th Anniversary, reflect on the country’s achievements over the past decades, celebrate African excellence at home and abroad, and seek to forge a common vision for the progress of peoples of African descent. It will also provide a forum for building networks amongst participants and an opportunity for trade, commerce and investment on the continent. A charitable fund will be created from any residual sponsorship to rehabilitate heritage and cultural sites in Ghana, particularly those associated with the trans-Atlantic slave trade.