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The Association of African Universities (AAU), the Pan African Heritage World Museum (PAHWM) and UNESCO, under the auspices of the Government of Ghana and the African Union Commission, are organizing a Special Diaspora Conference titled: The Past, The Present and the Future – Afrofuturism and African Development. The other collaborators are PANAFEST, Ghana National House of Chiefs, GHANA Cultural Forum, Diaspora African Forum, the African Private Sector Summit (APSS), the Global Institute of Planning and Sustainable Development (GIPSD), and the All-African Students Union (AASU).

The joint conference from 30th August – 1st of September 2022, aims to reclaim and recontextualize Africana education, technology, politics, languages, histories, arts, culture, music, and spirituality toward a conscious effort of unification and rapid development of Africa. The reappropriation of African heritage and education is key to telling and retelling the African’s own stories to disrupt the master inaccurate narratives as handed down mainly from Global Northern (Western) perspectives.

In 2022, we look forward to connecting again with you in person!

The Association of African Universities (AAU), the Pan African Heritage World Museum (PAHWM) and UNESCO, under the auspices of the Government of Ghana and the African Union Commission, are organizing a Special Diaspora Conference titled: The Past, The Present and the Future – Afrofuturism and African Development. The other collaborators are PANAFEST, Ghana National House of Chiefs, GHANA Cultural Forum, Diaspora African Forum, the African Private Sector Summit (APSS), the Global Institute of Planning and Sustainable Development (GIPSD), and the All-African Students Union (AASU).

The joint conference from 30th August – 1st of September 2022, aims to reclaim and recontextualize Africana education, technology, politics, languages, histories, arts, culture, music, and spirituality toward a conscious effort of unification and rapid development of Africa. The reappropriation of African heritage and education is key to telling and retelling the African’s own stories to disrupt the master inaccurate narratives as handed down mainly from Global Northern (Western) perspectives.

The conference will reflect on the concept of Sankofa, an Akan philosophical symbol, which illustrates the necessity of “going back to retrieve and reclaim the enduring values of the past to forge a viable and owned future. It will also discuss the new paradigm of Afrofuturism, which highlight the potential of African resilience and creativity in using new technologies to build innovative alternatives to the global crisis of the dominant model of development.

Essential to the restoration of Africa’s dignity, self-confidence and creativity, is the decolonization of the mind through a renewed effort of reconceptualization from a Global African perspective of dominant paradigms about development, politics, education, culture and sciences.  African worldviews, humanism and spirituality, offer a rich heritage of principles, values, symbols, rituals and practices to build meaningful thought and imagination that can guide our efforts for emancipation, innovation and recreation.

The importance of using the African academic Diaspora in helping build a robust and resilient African higher education system that responds to scientific inquiries has been rigorously expressed by the Association of African Universities (AAU), Africa’s apex higher education organization. Under the African Union’s Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa 2024 (STISA-2024), mobilizing and widening the involvement of relevant segments of Africa’s population (private sector, civil society, parliamentarians and the Diaspora) is paramount to support the continent’s renaissance and development agendas.

It is on the basis of this recontextualization and reconceptualization that African nations can build the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), which aims to create a single market to deepen the economic integration of the continent. The AfCFTA is arguably Africa’s most important development initiative in the 21st century and a more responsive African higher education sector is required to provide the skillsets for its implementation: i.e. to support infrastructure (transportation, laboratory engineering, etc.), services (reliable electricity, water, healthcare, manpower training, Internet access, etc.); and provide consultancy (strengthening legal frameworks on intellectual property rights, harmonising tax systems, arbitration and dispute resolution, etc.).

The conference will bring together scholars, artists, political and economic decision-makers, traditional leaders, civil society activists, professionals and practitioners from across the continent and from the African diaspora to share the results of their research, collaborative work, and practices, that squarely address the above-mentioned issues.

The conference will be a hybrid one to be hosted at the Secretariat of the Association of African Universities in Accra, Ghana and online.

Besides the main theme: The Past, The Present and the Future – Afrofuturism and African Development, the three sub-themes adopted and the various topics for this three-day summit are:

Subtheme 1Addressing the prerequisites for the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area 

Topics to be addressed:

  • Connecting African Peoples: Infrastructures and Traffic Policies
  • Rules, Processes and Procedures: Harmonizing Trade Governance
  • Interdependency and Complementarity between African economies
  • The Question of African Common Currencies
  • Developing Continental Legal Recourses and Fair Arbitration

Subtheme 2Rethinking Education: Towards Achieving African Renaissance

Topics to be addressed:

  • African Endogenous Systems of Teaching of Learning
  • Reshaping Education Systems in Africa
  • Building Pan African Citizenship through Education
  • Revising the Contents of History Education
  • Regional Integration and Curriculum Harmonization
  • Reorienting African Higher Education
  • Education about African Future

Subtheme 3Reclaiming and Reconceptualising African Arts, Culture and Heritage 

Topics to be addressed:

  • Reconceptualizing Cultural Heritage
  • Decolonising Museums
  • Afrofuturism and African Contemporary Creation
  • Return of Looted Cultural Properties: A Pan African Vision and Framework
  • Cultural Sovereignty and Intellectual Property
  • Handicraft and Cultural Industries

In addition to the conference, we have Pre-Conference Workshops and Pre-Conference Heritage Tours planned

Learn more about these activities planned

CONFERENCE PROGRAM:

Time Activity Responsibility
11.30   (GMT) Arrivals
Day 1: Plenary One Chair: Prof. Amany El-Sharif
Introduction and Anthems Moderator: Mr. Agyemang Okyere Darko
12:00 (GMT) Subtheme 1: Addressing   the prerequisites for the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area Dr. Francis Mangeni (Zambia)
12:15 (GMT) Panel Discussion Ms Lyndsay Hercule
12:45 (GMT) Q & A
Rapporteur Dr. Sindiso Zhou (Senior Lecturer, University of Fort Hare)
13:15 (GMT) Day 1: Plenary Two – Opening Ceremony Chair: H.E. Arikana Chihombori Quao
Anthem African Union Anthem
Introductions Moderator: Mrs. Felicia Kuagbedzi
Welcome Address I Prof. Olusola Oyewole (Secretary-General, Association of African   Universities)
Poetry Recital Prof. Abena Busia (Ghana’s Ambassador to Brazil)
Welcome Address II Hon. Kojo Yankah (Founder, Pan African Heritage World)
Drum appellation Ghana Dance Ensemble
Keynote Address: The past, the present, and the   future – Afrofuturism and African Development H.E. Abdoulrahamane Diallo (UNESCO Country Representative, Ghana)
Poetry and Rhymes African University College of Communication
Closing Remarks
Group Photograph
14:45 (GMT) Lunch Break
Day 1: Parallel Session (15:30 – 17:00)
15:30 (GMT) Parallel Session 1: Consolidating a   Diaspora Policy for Africa and the Caribbean by June Soomer Chair: Dr. Ezrah Aharone (Delaware State University
15:50   (GMT) Discussants
16:30   (GMT) Q & A
Rapporteur
15:30   (GMT) Parallel Session 2: Connecting African   Peoples: Infrastructures and Traffic Policies by Dr. Ezrah Aharone  (Delaware State University) Chair: Rev. Benjamin   Acheampong

Deputy Chair, African Private Sector Summit

15:50   (GMT) Discussants Dr. Nozizwe Glenrose King (former Head of Policy for the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry)
16:30   (GMT) Q & A
Rapporteur
15:30   (GMT) Parallel Session 3: Developing Continental Legal Recourses and Fair Arbitration (TBA) Chair: Prof. Damtew Teferra (Director of Research and Programmes, Association of African Universities)
15:50   (GMT) Discussants
16:30   (GMT) Q & A
Rapporteur
15:30   (GMT) Parallel Session 4: Interdependency and Complementarity between African economies. Harold Robinson Davis, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, United Nations Population Fund, Panama Chair: Dr. Alinah Segobye (Namibia University of Science and Technology)
15:50   (GMT) Discussants
16:30   (GMT) Q & A
Rapporteur
17:00   (GMT) Documentary: Familiar Faces/Unexpected Places: A Global African Diaspora by Emerita Prof. Sheila Walker
Time Activity Responsibility
WED 31 AUGUST Day 2: Plenary One Chair: Prof. Candace Maddox Moore (Univ. of   Maryland)
12:00 (GMT) Subtheme 2: Rethinking Education   Excellence in Africa Prof. Hilligje van’t Land   (Sec-Gen, Int. Assoc. of Universities – IAU)
12:15 (GMT) Discussants · Dr. Enas Ahmed (Egypt)
· Dr. Violet Makuku (Assoc. of Afr. Univs)
· Rep., All Africa   Students Union (AASU)

· Dr. Nozizwe Glenrose King (former Head of Policy for the South African Chamber of commerce and Industry)

12:55 (GMT) Q & A
Rapporteur
Day 2: Plenary Two – Youth Engagements
13:25 (GMT) The Role of the Youth in the Promotion of   Pan-Africanism Chair: Dr. Kwasi Boadi (Pan African Heritage   World Museum Academic Council)
Special feature from AUCC & Other Institutions
14:25 (GMT) Empowering African Youth to top Artificial Intelligence (AI) Knowledge and Education

by Ferit Oğuztürk (Global AI Hub)

Chair: Prof. Amany El-Sharif
Rapporteur
15:00 (GMT) Lunch Break
Day 2: Parallel Session 1 (15:30 – 17:00 GMT)
15:30 (GMT) Parallel Session   1: Building a Pan African Citizenship through Education Chair: Prof. Ezrah Aharone (The Center for Global Africa, Delaware State University)
by Prof. Elelwani Ramugondo (Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Town)
15:50 (GMT) Discussants · Dr. Fred Awaah (Lecturer, Univ. of Prof. Studies, Accra)
· Prof. Maud Kamatenesi   Mugisha (VC, Bishop Stuart Univ., Uganda)

· Prof. Kehbuma Langmia

16:30 (GMT) Q & A
Rapporteur
15:30 (GMT) Parallel Session 2:   Re-orienting the African Educational Thought Chair: Dr. Desta Meghoo (Creative Consultant, Curator, Author, Activist)
by Laurie Lambert (Association   for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora)
15:50 (GMT) Discussants · Mr. Kassahun Checole (Publisher, Africa World Press)
· Dr. Raveenthiran   Vivekanantharasa (The Open Univ. of Sri Lanka)
· Dr. Kwadwo Osei-Nyame Jnr

· Emeritus Prof. PAI Obanya (University of Ibadan)

16:30 (GMT) Q & A
Rapporteur
15:30 (GMT) Parallel Session 3: Reshaping Education Systems in Africa

Topic: The Future of Jobs for African Graduates in the Digital Age

Chair: Prof. Olusola B. Oyewole (AAU Secretary-General)
Dr. Lee Yee Cheong (Malaysia)
15:50 (GMT) Discussants · Dr. Juliet Perumal (Univ. of Wits)
· Dr Richard Ndayishimiye, University of Burundi
· Prof. Benedict Savoy (Technical Univ, Berlin)
· Dr. Alecia Blackwood
· Dr. Candace Maddox   Moore (Univ. of Maryland)
16:30 (GMT) Q & A
Rapporteur
15:30 (GMT) Parallel Session 4: Creation   of African Think Tanks with an African Soul Chair: Dr. Jeaninnine Uwimana-Nicol (African Private Sector Summit)
by Lt. Col. (Rtd.) Prof. Naison Ngoma (Vice Chancellor, Copperbelt   University, Zambia)
15:50 (GMT) Discussants · Dr. Michael Takafor Ndemanu (Ball State University)
· Dr.   Maribel Morey

· Prof. Kofi Lomotey

16:30 (GMT) Q & A
Rapporteur Dr. Maribel Morey
15:30 (GMT) Parallel Session 5: The   upcoming disruption in Higher Education Chair: Prof.   Margaret King (Founder, Global Institute for Sustainable Development)
by Dr. Bentenbi Chaibdra Tani
15:50 (GMT) Discussants · Mr. Sampson Kofi Adotey (Afr. Inst. For Mathematical Sciences   (AIMS)
· Mr. Peter Kodjie   (Secretary-General, All Africa Students Union)

· Dr. Muhindo Binzaka Roger (Free University of the Great Lakes Countries)

16:30 (GMT) Q & A
Rapporteur Ms. Veronica   Dzeagu
15:30 (GMT) Parallel Session 6: Rethinking Education towards Achieving the Pan-African   Renaissance Chair: Prof. Alaba Simpson (Deputy Vice Chancellor, Crawford University, Nigeria)
by Dr. Maulana Karenga (Chair, Department of Africana Studies, California State University)
15:50 (GMT) Discussants
  • Emeritus Prof. PAI Obanya (Univ. of Ibadan, Nigeria)
  • Dr. Alex Bangura (CEO, Institute of Petroleum and Management (IPeM) College, Sierra Leone)
  • Prof. Emerita Carolyn Cooper
16:30 (GMT) Q & A
Rapporteur
Day 2: Plenary Session 2 (16:45 – 17:30 GMT)
16:45 (GMT) Topic: Connecting Afro-Descendants through the Decolonization of the Mind

by Chief Richard Currie (Sovereign State of Accompong Maroons of Cockpit Country, Jamaica)

Chair: Prof. Carolyn Cooper
Time Activity Responsibility
Day 3: Plenary One Chair: Prof. Abena Busia, Ghana’s Ambassador to Brazil
12:00 (GMT) Subtheme 3: Reclaiming   and Reconceptualizing African Arts, Culture, and Heritage Mr. Carl Ampah (UNESCO National Programme Officer, in charge of Culture)
12:15 (GMT) Discussants · Dr. Desta Meghoo (Diaspora African Forum)
· Dr Lanisa Kitchiner (Chief of the African and Middle Eastern division of the Library of Congress)
· Prof. Kofi Lomotey
12:55 (GMT) Q & A
Rapporteur Nana Achampong
Day 3: Plenary Two
13:25 (GMT) Documentary: You Hide Me
by Nii Kwate Owoo
13:45 (GMT) Cultural Displays /Poetry /Songs
14:00 (GMT) Donors / Sponsors Profiling
14:30 (GMT) Lunch Break
Day 3: Parallel Session (15:00 – 16:30 GMT)
15:00 (GMT) Parallel Session 1: Reconceptualizing Cultural Heritage Chair: Ms. Nodumo Dhlamini (Director of Knowledge Mgt and ICT, Association of African Universities)
by Baafour Ossei Hyeamann Brantuo VI (Honorary Chancellor, Dominion University College, Accra; Otumfuo Asantehene’s Manwerehene of the Great Asante Kingdom of Ghana)
15:20 (GMT) Discussants · Dr. Yemane Demissie (Tisch School of the Arts, NYU)
· Mr.   Kofi Yankah (Pan African Heritage World)
· Dr.   Henry J. Drewal

· Prof. Alaba Simpson (Deputy Vice Chancellor, Crawford University, Nigeria)

16:00 (GMT) Q & A
Rapporteur Ms. Ernestina   Boatemaa Fayah
15:00 (GMT) Parallel Session 2: Afrofuturism and African Contemporary Creation

by Dr. Onyekachi Wambu  (AFFORD, UK)

Chair: Dr. Ali Moussa Iye (Writer and researcher in political anthropology,
from Djibouti)
15:20 (GMT) Discussants · Dr. Salim Salim Faraji (California State University)
· Prof. Julian Chambliss (Michigan State University)
· Very Rev. Kofi Amoateng (Trinity Theological Institute, Ghana)
· Hon. Princess Kasune Zulu (MP, Zambia)
16:00 (GMT) Q & A
Rapporteur Mr. Gilbert   Bouhairie
15:00 (GMT) Parallel Session 3: Cultural Sovereignty and Intellectual Property Chair: Prof.   Pashington Obeng (PAHW Academic Council)
by Prof. Benedict Savoy
15:20 (GMT) Discussants · Prof Kodzo Gavua (Univ. of Ghana)
· Mr. Miles Henderson (True Culture University)
· Dr. Kwadwo Osei-Nyame Jnr

· Dr. Philip Kankam (University of Ghana)

15:00 (GMT) Parallel Session 4: “‘Rally Round the Flag’:  Pan-African Consciousness in Global Reggae Music” by Prof. Carolyn Cooper Chair: Emerita Prof. Sheila Walker
15:20 (GMT) Discussants
16:00 (GMT) Q & A Rapporteur
Day 3: Plenary 3 – Closing Ceremony Chair: Prof. Kofi Asare Opoku (PAHW Academic Council)
Documentary: A Virtual Tour to PAHW Digital Museum
African Union Anthem Moderator: Agyemang   Okyere Darko
16:30 (GMT) Cultural Displays/Poetry/Drumming
17:00 (GMT) Rapporteur General’s Report
17:30 (GMT) Closing Remarks Hon. Kojo Yankah (Founder, PAHW)
Ms Nodumo Dhlamini (DKIM, AAU)
17:45 (GMT) Vote of Thanks
Photo Session
Dance Performance
20:00 (GMT) Closing Dinner (TBA)

INFORMATION BULLETIN

TRAVEL

Invitation letters for participants wishing to physically participate in this Conference will be issued under the signature of the Chair of the Planning Committee of the International Conference on Education and Restitution to facilitate visa processing. Each participant is responsible for covering the cost of travel to and from Ghana and the cost of accommodation as well as other hotel expenses (laundry, phone calls, secretarial services, etc.) incurred during their stay in Ghana.

Group lunches and tea/coffee services will be covered on the stated conference days only.

The East Legon vicinity where the Conference will be holding is dotted with a chain of hotels and guest houses that meets the expectations of various stakeholders. Please visit: https://www.reservations.com/Hotels/east-legon-ghana to select the facility of your choice and notify the Local Organising Committee for the necessary background checks for you.

Your passport must be valid for the duration of your stay in Ghana. In most cases, the passport’s expiry date should be at least six (6) months prior to the travel date.

Visa requirements should be confirmed with the travel office in your country of departure. Participants traveling on National passports are advised to obtain a Ghana visa before departure.

Guidelines for acquiring a Ghana visa can be found at: https://visacentral.com/ghana-visa but please make further inquiries at the Ghana Embassy or Higher Commission in your country of origin. The following are guides:

Traveling from the UK: https://www.ghanahighcommissionuk.com/Passports/VisaApplication.aspx

Traveling from the USA: https://ghanaembassydc.org/visa/

From Monday 28th March 2022, fully vaccinated travelers into Ghana will not take PCR tests from the country of embarkation to allow them entry into the country through the Kotoka International Airport (KIA), and will not be tested on arrival.

Citizens and foreign residents in Ghana, who are not fully vaccinated, would, however, need to provide a negative PCR test result of not more than 48-hours, will undergo an antigen test upon arrival at KIA, and will be offered vaccination there. All travelers who arrive in Ghana to undergo this antigen test will do so at their own cost.

Yellow fever, hepatitis A and B, typhoid malaria, and other vaccine-preventable diseases are present in Ghana. Vaccinations should be administered ten days before travel.  A yellow fever vaccination is also required for Ghana, and proof of vaccination would be required at the airport.

Indeed, you need a Health Declaration to enter the country. A Health Declaration Form must be filled not more than three days before traveling.

Visit:   https://www.ivisa.com/ghana-health-declaration-form

https://myfrontierhealthcare.com/

https://www.ghs-hdf.org/

The following guidelines shall apply:
  • Payment must be made online.
  • Passengers are required to make the online payment at least 48hrs prior to
    departure time.
  • Proof of payment (receipt) shown to Airline before boarding.
  • Children under 5 years of age are exempted from testing.
  • Children between the ages of 5-12 years will be tested free of charge upon arrival at KIA.
The following fees may apply:
  • Ghanaians and Ecowas Citizens – $50
  • All Other Passengers – $150
Arrangements will be made for all participants to be met on arrival at the Kotoka International Airport by the Planning Committee Kindly send the flight details of your round trip to and from Ghana to the Local Organising Committee well in advance but not later than Wednesday 17th August 2022 for the necessary transport arrangements to be made on time and for your hotel room reservations. Airport pick-up services cannot be guaranteed if flight details are not supplied.

The KIA offers free Wifi internet services and in the event that you need to use a vehicle from the Airport to the African Regent Hotel, it is advised that you use an UBER or YANGO or BOLT that will charge you the local rates (in Ghana cedis). You may also use the registered cabs registered with the Airport Authorities. The charges will range between USD20-25 to the Hotel.

Please ask for and keep your receipts as well.

The basic unit of currency is the Ghana Cedi (GHs), which is more or less equivalent to (US$1= GHs7.6). The commercial banks and Forex Bureaux provide exchange facilities. Most banks are open between 08.30 and 16:00 GMT from Monday to Friday, and between 09.00 and 11.00 GMT on Saturdays. Most ATM machines dotted across the city dispense cash 24/7 and they take visa cards.

For those who may need Ghana currency immediately on arrival, the Forex Bureaux at the Kotoka International Airport are open 24 hours. You can also exchange money at the Hotel, but the rates are less favourable compared to the Forex Bureaux.

DIET

If you have any special dietary needs e.g., vegetarian, non-smoking, doctor’s orders etc., please advise the hotel on check-in so that they can accommodate your needs for the duration of your stay.

It is inadvisable to drink tap water. Eating street food may also present a health risk.

 

WEATHER

Daily high temperatures in August are around 90°F, rarely falling below 87°F or exceeding 93°F. Daily low temperatures are around 79°F, rarely falling below 76°F or exceeding 81°F.

PERSONAL SECURITY

Be alert and vigilant at all times. Do not carry or display large sums of money when shopping and do not accept food and drink from strangers. It is also advisable to contact the AAU Secretariat when moving around the city.  Like other big cities in the world, crime rate in and around Accra is countered by security presence at different parts of the city.

COMMUNICATION

SIM cards and airtime for your cell phones are locally available. The cost of sim card is about US$1 but registering a sim card would require registration with a national identification card.

ELECTRICAL VOLTAGE

In Accra, the electrical voltage is between 220 and 240. Please bring your converters if your personal electrical devices and equipment are 110 volts.

 

FIRST AID & EMERGENCY NUMBERS

The nearest medical center to the AAU is the University of Ghana Medical Centre and the University of Ghana Hospital.

For non-emergencies, you can contact the Local Organising Committee members.

VENUE OF THE CONFERENCE

VENUE OF THE CONFERENCE

The conference will be held at the Secretariat of the Association of African Universities (AAU), which is located on Trinity Avenue, East Legon, Accra and next to Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) from 30 August to 1 September 2022. The AAU Secretariat is 6 kilometers away from the Kotoka International Airport and some 15 minutes’ drive during off-peak periods of the day. The Secretariat is also about 5 minutes’ drive away from the University of Ghana main campus at Legon.

Participants are expected to arrive by the evening of Monday, 29th August 2022.

Surrounding amenities of the meeting venue include: the Accra Shopping Mall, the University of Ghana main campus and the University of Ghana Medical Centre.

SECRETARIAT

The AAU will set up a Secretariat within the meeting venues. The contacts of the Local Organising Committee members are as follows:

 

ASSOCIATION OF AFRICAN UNIVERSITIES
Name Contact phone number e-mail address
Ransford Bekoe +233 244735280 (Ghana) ransford@aau.org
Nana Essumamba Sam +233 557889053 (Ghana) nesam@aau.org
Alexandra Ampabah Johnson +233 26 661 7990 (Ghana) ajohnson@aau.org

Benefits for Attendees:

  • Networking opportunities for all participants
  • Facilitation in 3 official languages – English, French and Arabic
  • Pre-conference subsidized workshops for conference participants
  • Full access to all sessions by paid participants
  • Insights into African educational thought

Registration cost is:

  • US$100 for the physical meeting
  • US$50 for virtual & physical meeting (students with proof of identification)
  • US$75 for virtual participation

Exhibition Cost

The Exhibition is US$200 per exhibitor (on-site exhibition)

PARTNERS