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The All-African People’s Conference: Accra 1958 Its Impact then and now ‘To young Africans like myself at the time, it was a moment at once defining and awe-inspiring.’ Bereket Habte Selassie, delegate from Ethiopia A conference to mark its 60th anniversary Thursday, 6 December, 10.15am to 7pm This conference will mark the 60th anniversary of the All African People's Conference (AAPC) held in 1958 in Accra, Ghana. Driven by Dr Kwame Nkrumah, Prime Minister of newly-independent Ghana, and George Padmore, his Adviser on African Affairs, it set out to advance the ideology of Pan Africanism through non-alignment, anti-colonialism, anti-imperialism and African unity. It has been hailed as a watershed moment in the history of Africa’s liberation from colonial rule and white supremacy. The speakers will examine the role of the AAPC within the framework of the Pan-African movement and will assess its significance, as well as its relevance today. Contemporary newsreels...

In the latest installment of the protest and social movement project on roape.net, David Seddon writes about recent developments in Burundi. He argues that President Pierre Nkurunziza’s brutal efforts to extend his rule have temporarily swept aside internal dissent and unrest. Across the continent the effectiveness of those struggling against such anti-democratic moves has varied considerably. ...

In an interview with ROAPE’s Tunde Zack-Williams, roape.net asks about his background as a radical political economist who has written extensively on Sierra Leone. Zack focuses in the interview on the country’s recent history, it political parties, Blair’s intervention and the disasters of neoliberal reforms. The recent elections in Sierra Leone offer the poor little prospects of development or change....

In this extract from the editorial of our quarterly journal (Vol. 44, Issue 154) editor Tunde Zack-Williams discusses papers on Kenyan politics, debt and neoliberalism on the continent, gender oppression in Egypt and the collapse of Zimbabwe’s military and the intervention in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The editorial introduces the issue in the context of the Mugabe’s fall from power, Zuma removal from the presidency and the recent elections in Sierra Leone. ...