Pan-Africanism, neo-elites and contemporary African transformation: A case study of Ghana

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This research sought to find out if there exist in Ghana, a group of people theorized as "neo-elites", and if they did, could they use tenets of Pan Africanism to drive transformational change in Ghana. The respondents selected for this research included, individuals in top and mid-level occupational positions, across various industries; and returnees who have come back home to Ghana, to settle down and live. This research was exploratory and qualitative in nature. In total, 16 people participated in this study, two of which took part in a face-to-face interview. The remaining 14 participants provided data by completing an in-depth mixed questionnaire. In both cases, all respondents provided questions on the themes of Pan-Africanism, the elites of society and neo-colonialism. Relevant and adequate literature was used in this study according to the three themes aforementioned. In analyzing the data gotten from each respondent, thematic analysis was used. The analyzed data were linked to the objectives of the research as well as the literature used to conduct the research. From the analysis, some conclusions were made, which included that, leadership is a major contributing factor to the appalling socio-economic condition of Ghana. Based on this, it was recommended that a leadership reform program should be set up to provide the needed skills and public office training, to the individuals who are to assume public office positions, in service to the nation.
Thesis submitted to the Department of Business Administration, Ashesi University College, in partial fulfillment of Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, April 2014
Ghana, neo-elites, pan-Africanism, leadership, reform program