Ghana: Mfantsipim Holds First Pan-African Youth Festival
It was a great joy among students, traditional rulers, African-Americans, teaching and non-teaching staff of Mfantsipim School, when the school's Pan-African Youth Club organised a historic Pan-African Youth Festival on Saturday, to inculcate the spirit of Pan-Africanism in the future leaders of the country.
Excellent poetry recitals, portraying Africa as poor continent in the mist of plenty resources, coupled with drama sketch of famous speeches made by Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, first President of Ghana at an African leaders' summit in Addis Ababa, calling on fellow Presidents to fast track Africa's unification, as well as the African-American Civil Rights activist, Martin Luther King's "I have a dream speech", were both replicated by the students at the festival.
Among the participating schools were Cape Coast Technical Institute, Academy of Christ The King, St Augustine's College and Sammo High School. Others were Saltpond Methodist High, Fomena T.I. Ahmadiyya School, Essakyire T.I. Ahmadiyya School and Efutu Senior High School.
In her welcoming speech, Assistant Headmistress of Mfantsipim School, Mrs. Phyllis Simpson, who stood in for the headmaster, commended the Mfantsipim School Pan-African Youth Club for their impressive organisational skills.
According to her, the government, through the Ghana Education Service (GES) instructed that Pan-African Youth Clubs be formed in all Senior high schools during the celebration of African Union (AU) Day on 25th May, 2012, adding that the Mfantsipim had been able to hold the first festival in the country, within the short period the club was formed.
Professor Small also called for the restructuring of the existing political system in Africa, which he observed was the remnant of colonialism, emphasising that African should revisit the system of governance that their ancestors practised before the advent of colonialism.
The Executive Secretary of the PANAFEST Foundation, Rabbi Kohain Halevi praised the Mfantsipim School club for their bold decision to organise the maiden Pan-African Youth Festival in the country. He appealed to the youth in the country to learn about their history, so that they could preserve it for the future generation.
Both Professor Small and Rabbi Kohain Halevi showered praises on Mr. Richard D. Esaah, a history teacher of Mfantsipim School and a patron of the club, for his instrumentality in organising the event within the short period of time the club was formed.
Rabbi Halevi admonished the students to take a cue from Jamaican Reggae legend, Robert Nestor Marley and Black American Civil Rights activist, Martin Luther King, who spent 36 and 39 years on earth, but accomplished much for humanity to champion the cause of the African unity and emancipation.