Here is why the government has canceled the hosting of The Convention at Black Star Square.
A wave of disappointment washed over Ghana and the Pan-African community as the highly anticipated event, “The Convention,” was abruptly cancelled on January 7th, just hours before its scheduled start at the Black Star Square.
High-Profile Guests Left Dismayed
The event, themed “Igniting the Voices of Africa,” promised to be a powerful platform for prominent African figures to address critical issues facing the continent.
Among the speakers were renowned names like P.L.O. Lumumba from Kenya, Peter Obi from Nigeria, Julius Malema from South Africa, and Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao from Zimbabwe. Thousands of attendees, both local and international, had eagerly gathered to witness this historic dialogue.
Organizers Blindsided by Government
The New Africa Foundation, organizers of The Convention, expressed shock and dismay at the government’s last-minute cancellation. Their statement, released late on January 7th, emphasized that the event had received government approval in November 2023 and all preparations were in place. They apologized for the inconvenience caused to attendees and emphasized that the situation was beyond their control.
Reason for Cancellation
The Diaspora Affairs Directorate at the Office of the President shed light on the reason behind the cancellation. In a press release, they explained that an “unforeseen state event” necessitated the withdrawal of permission for The Convention to use the Black Star Square. However, details about this unforeseen event remain undisclosed.
Lingering Questions and Uncertain Future
While the government’s explanation offers some clarity, it leaves many questions unanswered. The abrupt cancellation has sparked speculation and disappointment among the Pan-African community. The New Africa Foundation’s statement concludes with “More to follow,” indicating their intention to provide further information in the coming days.
The future of The Convention remains uncertain. Whether the event will be rescheduled or find a new venue is yet to be determined. However, the spirit of Pan-African unity and dialogue ignited by the event’s planning is likely to continue burning bright, seeking a platform to express itself.