It is now 20 years since the well-known “Dakar Expedition” that brought together for the first time a significant sector of the ANC leadership and about 60 prominent public figures from inside South Africa. It is also 50 years since Ghana became the first African state to obtain independence from a colonial power. It is 50 years since the first intervention by United Nations “Blue Helmets” in an African conflict. What are the salient lessons to be learnt from those events after all these years? How far have we come since then? How do we perceive of the next decades in Africa? These are the questions that will be addressed at Goree Institute in beginning of August. The output, a horizon of aspirations, will be part of the ongoing Imagine Africa process
The founding father of Imagine Africa, Breyten Breytenbach, will be on Norwegian soil for his first time the 26th June. He is invited by Strømme Foundation for the Imagine Africa campaign. Breyten is booked for several duties. "Speaking the languages we don't understand" - about life in exile - "The islands of wind" - about the African Islands of special political importance - are two of the lectures we are looking forward to. Breytenbach will also do the formal opening of Internasjonalt Marked, celebrating cultural diversity - and the opening of the Imagine Africa campaign in Norway at the 29th.