Mobilizing Citizens for Change: Barriers & Entry Points

Venue: STAR Ghana Conference Room, 12 Obenesu Crescent, Cantonments

February 22, 2018
End Date: February 22, 2018

Dr Kofi Takyi Asante, a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse, is our special guest this month. He will be speaking on the theme of "Mobilising citizens for change: barriers and entry points" where he will highlight modern trends in terms of how Ghanaians view themselves as citizens of the State and the State itself. The talk will focus on the perceived tension between ethnicity and national attachment. He will argue that both ethnic and national identification form part of a collectivistic orientation. The talk will also examine other forms of identities crucial in the nation-building agenda. The president has called on Ghanaians to be “citizens not spectators”, a call which implies that citizenship ought to be performed. But this talk will argue that civic acts cannot be understood in isolation from notions of political belonging, and provide insights on possible means of mobilising for change and national development.