From Manchester to the All-African People’s Conference (1945–1958)

  • Matteo Grilli
Part of the African Histories and Modernities book series (AHAM)


This chapter traces the fil rouge between Nkrumah’s and Padmore’s early experiences abroad and their work in Ghana since 1951. Together, they made Accra a shelter for freedom fighters, trying to create a continental network of Pan-Africanist parties modelled after the CPP. In 1957, they also created the first two “Pan-African institutions”: the Office of the Adviser to the Prime Minister on African Affairs and the African Affairs Centre. These were created outside the control of the Foreign Service, which was formed by men trained in the UK to operate with “orthodox” diplomatic means. The chapter also provides an insight into Ghana’s foreign policy in 1957–1958, including the work for the All-African People’s Conference and the early involvement of Ghana into the Cold War.

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  • Matteo Grilli
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  1. 1.University of the Free StateBloemfonteinSouth Africa

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