Kwame Nkrumah Relevance Continues Because …

One of my favourite quotes of Dr Kwame Nkrumah is
“We know that the traditional African society was founded on principles of egalitarianism. In its actual workings, however, it had various shortcomings. Its humanist impulse, nevertheless, is something that continues to urge us towards our all-African socialist reconstruction. We postulate each man to be an end in himself, not merely a means; and we accept the necessity of guaranteeing each man equal opportunities for his development. The implications of this for socio-political practice have to be worked out scientifically, and the necessary social and economic policies pursued with resolution. Any meaningful humanism must begin from egalitarianism and must lead to objectively chosen policies for safeguarding and sustaining egalitarianism. Hence, socialism. Hence, also, scientific socialism.”

I was told, in fact brainwashed, with very horrible propaganda about Kwame Nkrumah as I was growing up. I was born and bred in a family with strong ties to the UP ‘tradition’.

The misinformation was so horrible and some had been engrained with such nonsense (I know now) systematically crafted with traditional beliefs that it was almost believable without a doubt.

One of such insidious lies was the story that Kwame Nkrumah went for a juju in Guinea called KANKAN NYAME and he became so wicked that before he died half of his body was decaying. The malicious story did not end there, but went on to further add, that his doctor son had to go and to plead that his father be injected to kill him … And that in fact ended the suffering of a ‘wicked’ man called Kwame Nkrumah. The story would end.

At the time I believed everything I was told and was never proud of Nkrumah even after university in ghana in the early 90s. What made it the more difficult was that because there were no books in Ghana about Nkrumah to read at the time until I came to the UK. Then I read for the very first time the many good sides of Nkrumah I know now …

I don’t blame my elders who were telling me such wicked badly conjured and put together stories of Nkrumah because that was the ferocity of the propaganda machinery against Nkrumah at the time and what they were told too.

I was never taught in school all the good things done under Nkrumah’s charismatic leadership even though I was born and bred in a city Nkrumah built, Tema, which has lost its pride and glittering model since and on the path of complete humiliation out of deterioration …

Anyone with a genuine heart will give praise to God for blessing our country and Africa with the likes of Kwame Nkrumah, from a very openminded perspective. That I will argue is the least and the best one can do even when it is coming from any official of the NPP.

Indisputably no leader past or present on the African continent comes close to KNkrumah …
He was and still is in a class of his own.
He lived 50 years ahead of his time arguable considering his thinking, his plans for Africa and most importantly the industries he setup for an industrialised economy to take off in Ghana which has eluded us till this day and it’s so funny to hear our politicians from both the 2 main party dreaming of an industrialised economy as the only path for our economic emancipation …
But surprisingly and paradoxically these same politicians have allowed all the industries Kwame Nkrumah built around the country to riot away into oblivion …

No doubt our fathers and his contemporaries found it difficult to picture his vision not only for Ghana but the United States of Africa …

A vision we all strongly believe that is what Africa needs now … He visualised that over 50 years ago and pursue it passionately …

He saw the need for this economic empowerment of African States which threatened Western Supremacy.
His generation could not process that vision and its importance at the time … So they betrayed him

49 years after his overthrow our country is worse off than when we overthrew him …

If we have been able to improve upon where and what he left us, we don’t still be talking about him with a mixture of feelings because we will only be honouring him for the important foundation he laid …

The British talk about W. Churchill with pride because they have improved upon where he left off
The Americans talk about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln with the same pride that they have not made in vain how far these patriots brought their nation …

What about us in Ghana ???
😔😒😌😒😓😔😕😟

I like Dr Kwame Nkrumah for 2 main reasons:
1/ The many things he got right and very few he got wrong due to circumstances he underestimated …

PanAfricans, we talk ‘too much’ in general in the open.
Hindsight, I am more than convinced it was a mistake to announce his intentions on the rooftops for a United States or Africa just like Gaddafi announced his intentions to create a single AFRICA currency called the gold dinar make of pure gold …

This inability to plan anything that the imperialists will oppose almost in secrecy is one contributing factor attributed to the downfall of almost all the great PanAfricanists who ever lived … There are certain things you have to plan almost in secrecy at the blind side of these imperialists countries …

The Chinese are masters of that game.
That is why China moved so fast as an economic power to become the second biggest economy in the world now to support the idea of a one party state … China planned and executed their ideas almost in secrecy … Making very little noise on the rooftop …

2/ His ideals to strong government led developmental initiatives to protect the underprivileged from unscrupulous evils of capitalism … Social Pragmatism I call it …
This is not in anyway suggesting that Kwame Nkrumah was faultless but to learn from his mistakes which I will argue were few, and build on his successes and ideals which are undoubted relevant to the perpetual challenges the entire African continent finds itself in a vicious circle struggling to emancipate our countries, societies and peoples.

To my beloved motherland Ghana what Ghana needs NOW is the full implementation of the conceptual application of Social Pragmatism. That is definitely another topic for in-depth deliberations but one the we cannot leave for too long.

YK Ansah-Yeboah
Security Analyst

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