The African Council for Communication Education (ACCE) which was set up in 1976 was actually not open for every communication scholar when it was first established. The association was set up with membership initially restricted to only heads of communication departments in sub-Saharan African universities. So the inaugural conference of the young association which was held at the School of Communication Studies, University of Ghana, Legon, witnessed membership basically comprising only heads of department of communication departments in sub-Saharan African universities.
Membership gradually expanded to include other communication scholars, including practitioners outside the classroom. Today, ACCE is a massive association comprising both communication scholars across the globe, including scholars from other disciplines interested in communication research and practice.