A Recap of 2020 POLSOC Week

From Monday 27th till Friday 31st January, we celebrated POLSOC Week, organized by the Politics Society. 

On Day 1 of POLSOC week, the society organized a Model United Nations, which had an opening address from Isabella Aggrey, President of the Politics Society. After the opening address, the Provost, Professor Malcolm McIver gave a welcome address where he spoke about the need for climate action and resolution. The Guest Speaker for this event was the current Minister of Information, Honourable Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, who spoke on the need for more of the youth to express more interest, embrace politics and aspire to take up leadership roles. After this address, there was a Model United Nations, which was intended to be an educational simulation and academic activity in which Politics, Economics and International Relations students can learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations.

The second day was a panel discussion between faculty and students on the topic “Pan-Africanism: The Way Forward”. On this day, there were two guest speakers: Mr Kwesi Pratt, journalist and Managing Editor of Insight Newspaper, and Miss Benedicta Lasi, a lawyer by profession. Mr Pratt, who has decades of experience spoke on ‘How to move Africa forward by ignoring the borders since these borders are meaningless’. Miss Benedicta Lasi spoke on the "History on Pan-Africanism." 

For Wednesday (day 3), the society organized a screening of the movie Django Unchained, which was open to all students. a movie screening on Django Unchained was held. Django Unchained is a 2012 American revisionist Western film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, and Samuel L. Jackson. It tells the story of a freed slave who joins forces with a bounty hunter to rescue his wife, who has been captured by a hard-hearted plantation owner. Discussions were also had on the emancipation of black people (especially Africans) from mental slavery which some argued continues to dominate livelihood.

On Thursday (day 4) a debate was held between Politics  Society, who teamed up with Computer Science Society and the Law Society who teamed up with Business Society. At the end if the debate, the Law Society (and Business Society) were declared as the winners. 

On Friday, which was the final day of POLSOC week, a cocktail party was held at the rooftop of Lancaster University Ghana. This was the final event of the week and as such it was closed by the Vice President of Politics Society, Pearl Stan-Deh, who thanked all those present for their participation in the week’s activities. 

Congratulations to the Politics Society for organising a successful POLSOC week! Click here to view images from POLSOC week.