Osagyefo and Madiba: Global Africa in Search of Traditional Leadership


By Sammuella Quartey

 The focus at the Nkrumah Mandela Leadership Conference was the urgency to address Africa’s challenges with an immediate agenda, not waiting for the distant 2063 promise. This central theme dominated the discussions at the University of Ghana and set the tone for a conference brimming with impassioned voices seeking actionable solutions for Africa’s pressing problems.

In the 21st century, the global African community faces a myriad of challenges and opportunities, from economic development and social justice to political stability and environmental sustainability. 

It is in this context that the Nkrumah Mandela Leadership Conference was organised to explore the profound impact and enduring relevance of Dr Nkrumah and Mr Mandela, who embody the ideals of transformational leadership.

The Conference is an opener to a two-day intellectual journey celebrating the enduring legacies of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and Nelson Mandela. The Conference is not merely a historical reflection but a call to action.

Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng put his lens on the pivotal role of Dr Kwame Nkrumah’s industrialization agenda in driving the country’s development. 

The call for immediate action, self-determination, and visionary leadership was more pronounced at the conference. Africa was called upon to chart its own course, placing a strong focus on harnessing its vast resources, talents, and potential. Another call to Africans was to reject the notion that external interventions alone can bring prosperity to the continent. The theme was “The Osagyefo and the Madiba: Global Africa in Search of Traditional Leadership in the 21st Century”.

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