Conference Program

Welcome Message from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

Four years ago, the 1st Biennial Kwame Nkrumah International Conference (KNIC1) was successfully hosted by the Kwantlen Polytechnic University within the Metropolitan Vancouver area, in the shared traditional territories of the Kwantlen ,  Katzie, Semiahmoo and Tsawwassen First Nations.

In September 2012, the mantle fell on Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) to host the 2nd Kwame Nkrumah International Conference (KNIC2) and we gladly accepted the opportunity which was given to us by the Planning Committee of Kwame Nkrumah International Conferences. We are very glad that the 3rd Conference (KNIC3) is returning to Vancouver and it is our wish to extend our sincere gratitude to the Committee for sustaining the light which was lit four years ago to revisit the life and thought of one of Africa’s great sons, Dr Kwame Nkrumah with the hope of achieving his dream of bringing African’s together for a better future. Our initial understanding was that the 3rd Conference would be held at Lincoln University where Kwame Nkrumah had his first degree. However, due to circumstances beyond the control of the co-ordinators at Lincoln University, the venue had to be shifted to Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

We are grateful to Kwantlen Polytechnic University for being so gracious to accept to host the Kwame Nkrumah International Conference for the second time. May I now add my voice to welcome all participants at the 3rd Kwame Nkrumah International Conference. We wish you fruitful deliberations and an enjoyable Conference. Thank you.

Professor William Otoo Ellis

Vice-Chancellor, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology,


Conference Program

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Melville Centre for Dialogue

5:00 - 7:00 pm

Early Conference Registration
Faculty and student representatives will be present to answer questions and assist with last minute concerns

Side B

7:00 - 8:00 pm

Opening Ceremony

  • Elder Leyketen, Kwantlen Nation – Prayer and Blessing
  • Kofi Ohene-Asante, Ghanaian-Canadian Association- Prayer and Blessing
  • Wine & Cheese
8:00 - 8:15 pm

Welcome Address

  • Dr. Arthur Fallick, Assoc. VP Research, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)
  • Dr. Patrick Donahoe, Dean, Faculty of Academic and Career Advancement, KPU
  • Dr. Diane Purvey, Dean, Faculty of Art, KPU
  • Dr. Charles Quist-Adade, Department of Sociology and Dr. Wendy Royal, Department of English Language Studies, KPU

8:15 - 8:30 pm

Singing: Jabulile Dladla formerly of the Soweto Gospel Choir

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Melville Centre for Dialogue

8:00 - 9:00 am

Conference Registration

Rooms 2540 & 2530 Breakfast
9:00 am – 1:00 pm Tribute to Mandela
9:00 - 9:15 am

Drum Café musical performance.

Praise singer (Munkie Ncapayi) welcomes Keynote Speaker 

9:15 - 10:00 am

Keynote Address:
Honouring Madiba’s Legacy: The Challenges Facing the ANC 20 Years Later.
Jay Naidoo

10:00 - 10:45 am

Colloquium I
Community Activism: Connecting the Diaspora
Dr. Thabo Msibi, Peter Milanzi, Thato Makgolane

10:45 - 11:15 am

Coffee and Snack Break

10:45 - 11:15 am
Melville Centre

Video tributes to Mandela by Soweto Gospel Choir and Johnny Clegg
11:15 am - 12:00 pm Drum Café Interactive Performance
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Colloquium II:
Non-racialism and the SA Liberation Struggle

Dr. Jo Beall, Stanford (Khulu)Eland, Dr. John Pampallis, Dr. Dan O’Meara.  Moderator: Dr. Kogila Moodley

1:00 pm


Jabulile Dladla, formerly of the Soweto Gospel Choir

Anna Nkhabu Riopel, who survived the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre, when South African police fired on a crowd of black protesters, killing 69, will lead the singing of the South African national anthem South African National Anthem

1:15 - 2:00 pm

African-themed Lunch
2:00 - 3:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
Room 2520

South Africa After Mandela

Chair: Dr. Charles Quist-Adade

Drs. Kogila Moodley and Heribert Adam Imagined Liberation: Xenophobia, Citizenship and Identity in Africa, Germany and Canada

Dr. John Pampallis- South Africa’s Strategy for Post-School Education Training

Room 2515

South Africa After Mandela

Chair: Dr. Wendy Royal

Dr. Thabo Msibi Is Teaching about Homopobia and Sexual Diversity in South Africa part of Social Activism?

Dr. Jo-Anne Dillabough Rethinking Historical Responsibility, the Archive and the Representation of Young People's Stylistic revolts on the Urban Scene

Room 2525

Education and Intellectual Development

Chair: Jessie Horner

Dr. Mijba FrehiwotAfrican-Centered Institutions as vehicles to promote Pan-Africanism: A case study of the Kwame Nkrumah Ideological Institute, print media and the Ghana Young Pioneer Movement
Dr. Auburn EllisIntegrating Aesthetics: Transforming Continuing and Professional Education Through Africentric Practice

Room 2510

Nationalism and the Politics of Development

Chair: Dr. Amir Mirfakharie  

Dr. Mohammed YaichiThe Post War Period Nationalism in the Gold Coast (Ghana) 1945-1957

Marjorie Ratel - Sustainable contemporary growth in Africa

Amisah Zenabi Bakuri and Dr. Vincent Dodoo - Ethnic Integration and Contrinental Unity

3:00 - 3:45 pm
Melville Centre


Plenary I

Poetry readings & performance: Kevan (Scruffmouth) Cameron; Dr. Charles Quist-Adade

Dr. Vladimir Antwi-Danso A United States of Africa: Contestation and Africa’s Integration Agenda

Dr. Akwasi B. AssensohWhat Were the Socio-historical, Political, and Ideological Factors that Hampered Nkrumah's Agenda of Post-independence National Building? What Are the Lessons to be Learned?

3:45 - 4:00 pm
Room 2540 & 2530

Coffee Break

4:00 - 5:00 pm
Melville Centre

Plenary Session II

Dr. Akwasi B. Assensoh (on behalf of Dr. Yvette Marie Alex-Assensoh) – The new Ghana and Kwame Nkrumah’s Challenge to African-Americans to Return to the Ancestral Home to Play Development Roles: The Acceptance of the Challenge and its Outcomes for Ghana.

Dr. Zizwe Poe  Reflecting on Pan-African Liberated Zones: Designing a Dynamic Nkrumahist Evaluation
5:00 - 6:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
Room 2520

Leadership and Politics

Chair: Dr. Joan Nesbitt

Dr. Tamari Kitossa  Leadership in Question: Exploring the discourses of ‘crisis’ and ‘decline’ in African Canadian leadership
Dr. Yabome Jackson  African Leadership: Now and for the future
Room 2525 Legacies of Kwame Nkrumah

Chair: Dr. Amir Mirfakhraie

Kwame ShabazzIntimate African Unions and the Geopolitics of Afromance - Appearing on panel via Bluejeans video conferencing

Dr. Wilhelmina J Donkoh - Nkrumah, Reverse Migrations and Pan-Africanism

Alex Chung - Human Rights and Terrorism: A Comparative Security Analysis - Appearing on panel via Bluejeans video conferencing

Dr. Collence Chisita - Pan African - A foce of the mind! Pan Africanise will save the world: Challenges and Opportunities of reinforcing pan African movement in the advent of globalization

Room 2510

Health Care and Spirituality

Chair: Seema Ahluwalia

Dr. De-Valera BotchwayAre Five Senses Enough? Spirituality in/and Knowledge Production within Basic Africa(n) Deep Thought: A Note
Dr. Sam Debrah, Derek Touyire and Dr. Charles Quist-Adade – Continental-Diasporic Scholarly Synergies: A Ghana-Canada Collaborative Study on Diabetic Foot
Marjorie Ratel - Sustainable contemporary growth in Africa

Room 2515

Students Presentations: Praxis, Global Justice, and Learning to Give and Receive

Chair: Dr. Wendy Royal

Andrews Owusu
Preet Dhaliwa
Emma Cleveland
Ayesha Khan
Nubwa Wathafana

Friday, August 22, 2014
8:00 - 9:00 am
Melville Centre

Melville Centre for Dialogue

9:00 - 9:45 am Melville Centre

Plenary III

Dr. Handel H. Wright - Will the Real Africans Please Stand? African Identity Between Authenticity and Hybridity, Continent and Diaspora

9:45 - 10:45 am Concurrent Sessions
Room 2525

African Developments

Chair: Dr.Esayas Geleta

Dr. Silk OgbuEngaging the Diaspora for Homeland Development in Nigeria
Dr. Henry KahDemocracy, ‘Salad Bowl’ Politics and Development in Cameroon, 1990-2013

Room 2510 African Youth

Chair: Dr. Wendy Royal

Derek Tuoyire & Dr. Sebastian Eliason  Migration Intentions of Ghanaian Medical Students: The Influence of Existing Funding Mechanisms of Medical Education (“The Fee Factor”)
Dr.Alyson Heimer & Dr.John Parmigiani Open Courseware and Collaboration: Making the Western Education and Start-Up Models Work for Ghanaian Youth

Room 2500

African-International Relations

Chair:  Dr. Charles Quist-Adade

Dr. Omosa Mogambi Ntabo &Dr. Martha Kerubo Obare  The Constitution as an Instrument of Transformation of Kenyan and Canadian Societies: A Comparative Study of Race, Ethnicity, Institutions of Justice and Security
Chris Roberts, Dr. Edward Akuffo & Dr. Isaac Odoom  Sino-Canadian Engagement (& Competition) in Cold War and Contemporary Africa

10:45 - 11:00 am
Melville Centre
Coffee Break
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
Room 2520

Politics of Identity and Nation-Building

Chair: Dr. Vincent Dodoo

Dr. Odoziobodo Ifeanyi & Dr. Benjamin Eneasato: Federalism and Power Sharing in Nigeria: An Appraisal
Dr. Obasesam OkoiBeyond the Nigerian Tragedy: Insecurity, Citizen Empowerment and the Transformational Resolution of Conflict

Room 2525

Politics and Pan-Africanism

Chair: Dr. Esayas Geleta

Dr.Felix AsogwaThe Political Economy of Pan-Africanism

Dr. David O. Akombo, Baruti I. Katembo, Dr. Kmt G. Shockley - A Contextual Analysis of 21st Century Pan-Africanism - Appearing on panel via Bluejeans video conferencing

Dr. John K. Marah - From Toussaint L'Ouverture to Marcus Garvey and Kwame Nkrumah: A Discourse on a Pan-African Vision

Room 2510

Brain-Drain / Brain-Gain

Chair: Dr. Zizwe Poe

Franz Celestin - IOM International Organization for Migration

Dr. Okibe Banko and Dr. Odoziobodo Ifeanyi  – Harnessing African Diasporas for Homeland Development: The Case of Nigeria

Bonnie Sutherland - Opportunities, Challenges, And Solutions

12:00 - 1:00 pm
Melville Centre

Plenary Session IV 

Dr. Ama Biney - The Neo-Liberal Agenda versus the Pan-Africanist Agenda
Dr. Hakim AdiPan-Africanism and Communism - The Communist International, Africa and the Diaspora, 1919-1939)

1:00 - 2:00 pm
Room 2540 & 2530

2:00 - 3:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
Room 2520

Brian-Drain / Brain-Gain

Chair: Dr. Esayas Geleta

Dr. George Millair In Search of a Homeland in Africa: The Politics of Diasporas’ Resettlement Efforts in Ghana
Dr. Solomon Faris-From money to knowledge transfer: a strategy to circulate the African and Caribbean brain - Appearing via Bluejeans video conferencing
Gibril Koroma Digital Journalism and Africans in the Diaspora: An Assessment of Sierra Leonean Online Newspapers Abroad

Room 2525

The Political Economy of Pan-Africanism

Chair: Dr. Zizwe Poe    

Dr. Arinze Ngwaube and Dr. Chuka Okoli- Oil in Uganda: Lesson for Success
Dr. Daouda CisseChinese investments in Africa: investments policies and Chinese companies’ business strategies

Room 2510

Politics of Identity, Education, and Pan-Africanism

Chair: Dr. Vincent Dodoo

Dr. Aziz Mostefaoui - Pan-African movement from New World Africans through their enthusiasm and determination to put an end to European colonization
Dr. Mathieu Adjagbe - Meanwhile the United States of Africa: Achieving Hegemony
Dr. Kwamena Kwansah-Aidoo - Race Still matter! Race, the burden of blackness and prospects for Pan-Africanism in the New African Diaspora of Australia

3:00 - 4:00 pm
Melville Centre

Plenary Session V

Dr. Boulou B’bedi- De-Romanticizing the Westernized Idea of African

Studies: Re-Centering Négritude as Anew Sociocultural Paradigm

Dr. Kofi Anyidoho - ZONG!: A Poetic Resurrection of Ancestral Voices

Melville Centre for Dialogue
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Final Banquet

Poetry Reading & Performance: Kevan (Scruffmouth) Cameron


Dance and Performances
Abusua Kesse Cultural Troupe
DJ: Eric Obeng alias DJ Backyard

The organizing committee would like to express our deepest gratitude to the sponsors of the Conference: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Kwantlen Students Association (KSA), Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Academic and Career Advancement, Office of Research and Scholarship, Department of Sociology, Department of English Language Studies, Nando's Restaurants, African Breese Specialty Foods, BC Teachers Association (BCTF), all of Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Oxford University Press, Journal of Pan-African Studies, Afro New, The Patriotic News.

Our hearty thanks go to the keynote speakers, Dr. Boulou B’bedi,Dr. Hakim Adi, Mr. Jay Naidoo,Dr. Kofi Anyidoho, Dr. Akwasi B. Assensoh, Dr. Handel Wright, Dr. Zizwe Poe and Dr. Vladimir Antwi-Danso, as well as all invited speakers, presenters, chairs and delegates for their support and contributions.  Special thanks to Dr. Diane Purvey, Dr. Patrick Donahoe, and Dr. Arthur Fallick.

We are grateful to the staff at Kwantlen, Trina Ojo and Melody Mercado, the Office of Research & Scholarship, Marketing & Communications Departments, Facilities, and IT for their kind assistance.  A big thank you to Sodexo for their catering services.  Our sincere thanks also to our START student volunteers and KNIC research assistants, Emma Cleveland, and Nubwa Wathanafa  for their dedication and hard work. We also thank Christopher Quist-Adade, Malaika Quist-Adade and Maayaa Quist-Adade for their African images video presentation and Manon Boivin, who has so generously donated her time and talent to documenting this conference.

Last but not least our grateful thanks to the Drum Café, Jabulile Dladla, the SACABC choir, Abusua Kesse Cultural Troupe and Kevan (Scruffmouth) Cameron for providing the cultural entertainment.

Dr. Charles Quist-Adade, Department of Sociology
Dr. Wendy Royal, Department of English Language Studies  
Kwantlen Polytechnic University