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George Padmore saw 'trusteeship' as a concept invoked as far back as the late nineteenth-century conferences that divided up Africa. Padmore interviewed Yagoub Osman for the Socialist Leader and the Crisis and sent an article to his friend Ivar Holmes in Norway with the hope that it could be published there. In Africa: Britain's Third Empire, probably already underway at this point, he wrote at length about the Sudanese situation, offering an analysis more complex than his journalistic reports. Pan-Africa, a monthly periodical T. Ras Makonnen put out, reported that Richard Wright urged his listeners to form an international network of 'cultured progressives'. Although part of the Pan-African Federation, West African National Secretariat (WANS) had its origins in a desire to move beyond what its organisers saw as the moderate declarations of the Pan-African Congress and actually seize power in Africa.

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Ending British rule in Africa

Writers in a common cause


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