Entertainment of Tuesday, 25 July 2006
Obuasi (Ash), July 25, GNA 96 Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana's First President, and Nana Yaa Asantewaa, Queen Mother of Ejisu, would forever remain icons of good leadership for the whole of Africa. The two icons of Ghana showed the spirit of leadership, dedication and sacrifice, which should earn them posthumous honour and remembrance, Dr Wilhemina Donkoh, Senior Lecturer and Head of Department of History and Political Studies at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, said on Monday.
Dr Donkoh was delivering a public lecture at Obuasi to mark this year's Emancipation Day in the Ashanti Region. The lecture which was under the theme, 93Honouring Our African Heroes=94, was organised by the Ministry of Tourism and Diasporean Affairs.
Dr Donkoh said the exploits of these two great Africans should inspire all Africans to do away with inferiority complex. =93We indirectly and unconsciously say Africans are inferior. We have to hold ourselves in high esteem;=94 she said.
Referring to Osagyefo Dr Nkrumah and Yaa Asantewaa, she said: 93As Ghanaians and Africans, we have people to be proud of.=94 Dr Donkoh said there were lots of lessons and values to learn from these two great persons and told the audience, which was made up of senior secondary school students drawn from the various institutions in the Obuasi Municipality to cultivate the spirit of humility; sacrifice; patriotism and commitment to leadership.
=93Osagyefo Dr Nkrumah's sense of dedication, commitment and the undying spirit is very inspiring=94, she said, and urged the students to take their education seriously if they wanted to follow his footsteps. Mr Ben Anane-Nsiah, Ashanti Regional Manager of the Ghana Tourist Board, said the country needed a whole new generation that would have confidence in themselves as Ghanaians and Africans. He said emancipation should not only be seen as a secretariat, but a liberated mindset.
Most of the students, who contributed, called for unity amongst African and the judicious use of the Continent's resources. Mr Joseph K. Onyinah, Obuasi Municipal Director of Education, who presided, said such programmes would ginger the youth to become proud of their race and identity.
He said he looked forward to the day when Africa would become one of the powerful Continents in the world under the name United States of Africa.