Ama Ata Adoo and 'fans'
Ama Ata Adoo (seated) and fans

The Pan African Congress (PAC) is a historic gathering of the Global African Family. The 1st PAC was designed as a forum through which people of African descent have articulated key agendas for the liberation of Africa and the assertion of the dignity of the African personhood. It was first hosted in London in 1900 by W. E. B. Du Bois and Ida Gibbs Hunt.

Since then there have been seven other congresses hosted in different locations including London, Lisbon, Brussels and New York. The 5th Pan African Congress in Europe was the last one hosted in Europe in Manchester, UK in 1945.

In 1974 the congress was hosted in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania followed by the 7th Pan-African Congress hosted in 1994 in Kampala, Uganda.

The 8th Congress congress initially to happen in Libya in 1998 but that never happened. It eventually happened this year and was hosted in Ghana with delegations from all parts of the Pan African world taking part.

Ama Ata Aidoo with a copy of London Cape Town Joburg
Ama Ata Aidoo with a copy of London Cape Town Joburg

Joining them were African authors and writers. The Africa39 project had a few representatives; Edwige-Renée Dro (recently announced as judge with Pen International), Ukamaka Olisakwe and Zukiswa Wanner. Then there was Ama Ata Aidoo the legendary author, poet, playwright and academic. Also Wangui wa Goro a pioneer in translation of African literature and her translation of Ngugi wa Thion’o’s work from Gikuyu to English brought her global acclaim.

These folks made their contributions to the agenda that will guide the Pan African movement for the future. They weren’t just doing the serious work these writers. They were also seen in night (and day) spots living it up. Here are some images from the congress courtesy of said writers.