The seminar recorded on the video was held in London at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) on November 20, 2013. The theme was the role of community and local agency in promoting Pan Africanism.
Explo Nani Koffi, speaker at the seminar, is a Pan Africanist and director of the Kilombo Centre in Peki, Ghana. He explains a number of critical issues pertinent to developing a Pan African movement.
He highlights for example the importance of intelligence and security inside organizational strategies of development, or the fact of being not too much worried of differing views in terms of approaches.
He points out the fact that practical Pan Africanism does not give up despite the colossal means the enemy in front has available.
The video is worth listening to if you are interested in Pan Africanism issues.
What is Pan-Africanism? It has been a movement against imperialism in all its forms and for the liberation of Black Africans from the evils of Black enslavement, colonialism, and from the racism these produced.
The following are talking points of a presentation I did on Wednesday 6/2/13 at Manchester University for student members of the Pan African Society and their interested friends.
A definition – Pan-Africanism is a dynamic concept of seeing Africa [and its populations] as one entity in its different components: people, cultures, history, and issues without ignoring the underlying diversity of these varied aspects, and considering Africans as one race wherever they are in time and space. Continue reading
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By Kwanisai Mafa
“If we do not prepare to fight, we will lose and I mean lose everything.” Kwanisai Mafa
I did a talk with students at the University of Manchester on Pan Africanism Today. After the presentation, one young lady from Kenya described some of the problems her country was confronted with and asked what practically at her level she could do to change what she finds wrong in her society back home. I replied her saying that Africans should stop complaining but instead start working on the change they want to see. I added that they don’t necessarily have to do very much. For example by me discussing with them about the topic I was there for and their attendance were a start for addressing issues. They need only to stop from being indifferent and thinking that the change they desperately seek will be brought to them by somebody else. They should begin confronting those challenges they are not happy with in whatever way they feel comfortable with. Reading this following article of Kwanisai Mafa and being aware of the gradually increasing consciousness among Africans give me some hope. Continue reading