This session will highilght the importance of the law as a tool for decolonization and feminism by examining the possibilities and limitations of intellectual property laws. Currently corporate entities are able to utilize IP rights, and draw the benefits that come from registering IP rights, in contrazt to African creatives, cultural producers and artistes. Lack of access to resources and the framing of the laws around individual property pose limits to collective and communal cultural creativity, favoring external appropriation. This legal system need to be reformed if we are to prevent the ongoing extraction and appropriation of African culture by a external corporate entities, and turn African cultural wealth towards the benefit Africans.
The 3rd Kwame Nkrumah Pan-African Cultural & Intellectual Festival was sponsored by Feminist Africa, Urgent Action Fund, African Women’s Development Fund with support from the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana.