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General News of Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Source: citifmonline

Kwame Nkrumah's unknown son surfaces

The age old saying that “Nkrumah never dies” seems to carry much more weight than many may think.

Just when almost all Ghanaians have come to accept that Ghana’s first President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, has four children, a fifth child has surfaced and says he is a true son of Osagyefo.

His name is Dr. Onsy Anwar Nathan Kwame Nkrumah, a Saturday born (Kwame), whose birthday fell on March 17, 1957 - 10 days after Ghana attained independence.

He has granted an exclusive interview with Citifmonline.com about his life.

Born in Egypt to an Egyptian mom by name Isis Nashid, the 55-year-old son of Osagyefo told Citifmonline.com he has been in and out of Ghana for the past 30 years and has now “decided to settle here in Ghana.”

At an ‘unveiling’ ceremony in the capital, Accra, several family members who had trooped in from Dr. Nkrumah’s hometown were full of praise for the new ‘Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’ who according to them had renovated and refurbished the family house which had been in a deplorable state for years.

Conspicuously missing from the program were all the known children of Osagyefo. Dr. Francis Nkrumah, Gamel Nkrumah, Samia Yaaba Nkrumah and Dr. Sekou Nkrumah absented themselves for unknown reasons.

Asked why his siblings were absent from such a ceremony he said “well, you know that we’re from different mothers so we all somehow lead separate lives which is unfortunate, but that’s how it is… but we know ourselves, they know me, I know them. We relate by phone sometimes, e-mail with some of them like Gamel, I see him each time I pass through Egypt and I see him more than the siblings.”

He said his mother Nashid was first with Osagyefo before he was married to Fathia and he was the second child after Dr. Francis Nkrumah.

Meanwhile, Dr. Sekou Nkrumah has denied knowledge of his “brother” on social media network – Facebook.

In reaction to a post on the topic, Sekou said: “A free history lesson, Nkrumah married Fathia on 31st December 1957, their first son Gamel was born on the 18th of March 1959. Samia on 23 June 1960, and Sekou 1 December 1963.”