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Was Nkrumah All That Bad?

The Observer
2008-11-18 21:20:23

With all the criticisms, denunciations, renouncements, vilifications and rejections, I am still not convinced that Kwame was all that bad for his country. No succeeding Ghanaian leader had better demonstrated that total selfless and visionary commitment to the welfare of his countrymen that characterized Kwame's dispensation. History has a way of viewing a leader's contribution against those of the others who had walked the same path. One, only, has to read "The Autobiography of Kwame Nkrumah" to appreciate the full breadth of his greatness and steadfastness as a leader. A particular incident in that book is his founding of the Ghana National College for some secondary school students who had been expelled from their schools for going on strike in sympathy with the detention by the colonial government of the U.G.C.C's big six - including Kwame. It should be noted here that the remaining five members of the big six did not support the idea of the establishment of the college. At the school's inauguration on 20th July, 1948, the following is part of Kwame speech:- "The African of today is conscious of his capabilities. Educational and cultural backwardness is the result of historical conditions . . . . .. . ..Think ! Study hard ! Work with sustained effort ! . . . .As never before we want thinkers -- thinkers of great thoughts. We want doers -- doers of great deeds. Of what use is your education if you cannot help your country in her hour of need ?" --------------- That was Kwame, sixty years ago; he was an inspiring orator and a true visionary. He deserves every square inch of that mausoleum in Accra. ==============================================================================

"You can criticize Kwame all you want, but one thing is quite clear, he, unselfishly, devoted all his energies to the betterment of his beloved country with no material benefit to himself or his immediate family."

"When Kwame was around, there were no Northerners, no Southerners, no Easterners, no Westerners. There were only Ghanaians (Africans) totally focussed on attaining a desired goal. It takes a man of skillful leadership to create and sustain such chemistry."

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