Book Launch: 'Kwame Nkrumah and the Dawn of the Cold War' by Marika Sherwood

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In collaboration with Common Ground, the African Caribbean Kultural Heritage Initiative, and the African School we are hosting the launch of Marika Sherwood's new publication 'Kwame Nkrumah and the Dawn of the Cold War: The West African National Secretariat (1945-48)'.

Providing a rich exploration of a neglected history, this book sheds light for the first time on a crucial historical moment in the history of West Africa and the developmental trajectory of West African independence.

Joining Dr Sherwood to discuss the book is Natty Mark Samuels, founder of the African School, a Cultural Education project based in Oxford.

 

The West African National Secretariat (WANS) has almost been forgotten by history. A pan-Africanist movement founded in 1945 by Kwame Nkrumah and colleagues in London and France, WANS campaigned for independence and unity. Nkrumah returned to the Gold Coast in late 1947. The colonial government accused him of being a communist and fomenting the riots of early 1948. He was jailed. This led to the beginning of the Cold War in West Africa.

Drawing on archival research including the newly released MI5 files, Marika Sherwood reports on the work of WANS, on the plans for a unity conference in October 1948 in Lagos, and on Nkrumah’s return home. Sherwood demonstrates that colonial powers colluded with each other and the US in order to control the burgeoning struggles for independence. By labelling African nationalists as ‘communists’ in their efforts to contain decolonisation, the Western powers introduced the Cold War to the continent.

Providing a rich exploration of a neglected history, this book sheds light for the first time on a crucial historical moment in the history of West Africa and the developmental trajectory of West African independence.

Marika Sherwood:
Marika Sherwood is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London. She has published many books, including Kwame Nkrumah: The Years Abroad (Freedom Publications, 1996) and World War II: Colonies and Colonials (The Savannah Press, 2013). She has published innumerable articles in academic journals.

Natty Mark Samuels:
Natty Mark Samuels is the founder of African School, a Cultural Education project based in Oxford. This initiative provides teaching in African Studies with a focus on pre-colonial sub-Saharan cultures and early Black journalism. It is working towards developing specialisms in medieval Ethiopian Christianity and sub-Saharan Islamic scholarship. Natty Mark is also a Visiting Tutor at the Ruskin College, Oxford, the Oxford Spires Academy and the Iffley Academy.

 

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