Nkrumah, Prashad In Convois Line-up

The Common Sense Convois, organised by the Lloyd Best Institute of the West Indies in honour of its founder Lloyd Best, is shaping up to be one the Caribbean’s most dynamic events in marking the 50th anniversary of the dawning of the Independence era in the British West Indies.
The line-up of speakers and participants come from a broad range of disciplines with special emphasis on new voices and youth among the veterans. Among the unique features of the Convois is a cricket match between teams from Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago, as a new platform for regional integration.
The line-up of keynote speakers for the Convois (March 18 – 25) includes Samia Nkrumah, daughter of Ghana’s first president Kwame Nkrumah, and Vijay Prashad, an emerging voice of authority in world affairs.
Samia Nkrumah is the MP for the Jomoro constituency, a key location for Ghana’s current development of oil and gas, while Prashad is the author of The Darker Nations: A People’s History of The Third World, Karma of Brown Folk and Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting. Dr Prashad is a professor at Trinity College in Connecticut, USA.
Other speakers include Cary Fraser, international relations authority and newly-installed President of the University of Belize; Professor Kari Levitt, famed economist; Roger Pulwarty, the Trinidad-born scientist who is Director, Climate and Societal Interactions Division of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Dario Euraque, historian and former Director of the Honduran Institute of Anthropology who was removed after the coup two years ago; and Trinidadian Prof. Gillian Marcelle, an Associate Professor of Strategy and Innovation at the Wits Business School, Wits University, in Johannesburg. South Africa.
In a unique initiative, the Convois has scheduled a day for a cricket match between the Guantanamo Cricket Club and QRC, the alma mater of Lloyd Best, with the possibility of another match still to be negotiated.
The Convois opens with a theatrical production, “Awakening The Caribbean Spirit” at Scherzando Panyard on March 19 and continues through to March 25.
Further details about the Convois are available at www.lloydbestinstitute.org

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