Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, He Was a Messiah| AK Mensah

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“…The Oracles said Kwame Nkrumah was a devil…” Suleimana Yeremiah, former detainee under Nkrumah’s regime.

So I had been observing the media space recently and one debate had now been whether Dr. Kwame Nkrumah founded Ghana or he did not. To others, Kwame Nkrumah was dictator, a devil, a one-party state declarer, he broke away from UGCC, he had bad blood between him and JB Danquah, bla bla bla! To some people, they even make us feel the history we read were all false! But are all these brouhahas needed? Does this change the historical UNBEATABLE contributions and achievements Kwame Nkrumah made in and outside Ghana, Africa and the world at large?

In my readings and experience over the years, I had never come across a South African ridiculing and discrediting Nelson Mandela for his fight over Apartheid in South Africa. I had never met a Kenyan ridiculing Jomo Kenyatta for his role towards the independence of modern Kenya. I had never come across a Zambian discrediting Kenneth Kaunda for his role towards modern Zambia. I had also met a Tanzanian but not one striping Julius Nyerere of his struggle against white dominance and independence struggle in Tanzania. Indeed, I had never met a Rwandan not praising Paul Kagame for his superb role and indefatigable contributions towards the modern-day Rwanda. I had never come across or read of a Black American discrediting Martin Luther King Jnr. for his fight for Negros against white domination and mutinies in the America.

Here in Ghana, I had read, heard and seen a Ghanaian discrediting, ridiculing Dr Kwame Nkrumah for his role towards independence struggle and modern-day Ghana. To some, Kwame Nkrumah founded Ghana; and others, Kwame is not the founder of Ghana. Fair deal! Be that it may, the question we ask is, is it this debate even worth it? Does this even strip Nkrumah of his unbeatable contributions and records towards the Ghana we got today? The independence of Ghana was long fought and championed by Nkrumah and others (what is commonly known by most in Ghana as the Big Six) before the independence in 1957. To me, that is not my issue. I leave that to the historians!

My point here is, all these leaders that came before and after Nkrumah, thus since Ghana became a Republic: Kofi Abrefa Busia 1969 – 1972; General Acheampong 1972 – 1978; Dr. Hilla Limman 1979 – 1981; Jerry John Rawlings 1981 – 1992, 1992 – 2000; John Agyakum Kuffour; Prof. John Evans Atta mills; John Dramani Mahama; and most recent Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo. I ask, which among these had achieved so great like what Nkrumah did?

Jerry John Rawlings had 19 years; Kuffour 8 years; Prof. Mills 4 years; Mahama 4 years. Dr. Kwame Nkrumah only had 6 years from July 1960 – February 1966, when he was overthrown. And his achievements, ‘gargantuanly’ enormous! Uncountable! Unbeatable! The achievements span across education, agriculture, infrastructural development and expansion, industries, highways, transport, health, arts and culture, science and technology, et al. Dr. Nkrumah was, is and will ever remain undisputedly the greatest sensational iconic African political Messiah ever lived! Built the almighty mysterious controversial Akosombo Dam, Tema motorway, state farms (Let me not bore you with his achievements, we all are aware of them and we cannot finish them on this platform).

For the critics, let me remind you that Nkrumah is so iconic! He is like a galaxy! His legacies live and go beyond Ghana! I had never read of an African whose ideals and legacies had so permeated so well the walls of the whole continent and the world at large so much like this! In University of Dare Salam, Tanzania, there is a hall named after Nkrumah called the Nkrumah Hall. In Makerere University, Uganda, there is a hall named after him, Nkrumah Hall. In Nairobi Kenya, there is a road named after Nkrumah, the Nkrumah Lane. Likewise, in Mombasa, Kenya, there is a road named Nkrumah Road. In Zambia, there is a university called Kwame Nkrumah University in Kabwe, located about 140 km away from the capital city, Lusaka. In AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, there is a giant statue in front and you know who that person is? He is Dr. Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana! He championed the formation of the African Union!

So, the question I ask is, how can one man receive so much accolades in the continent and world at large that much but receive backlashes in his own backyard?

AK Mensah


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3 thoughts on “Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, He Was a Messiah| AK Mensah”

  1. In Burkina Faso, there is street named after him, Kwame Nkrumah’s Avenue, very beautiful and neat find in the city centre of Ouagadougou.

  2. What Nkrumah started off in Ghana and Africa as a whole is not more or less what in the western countries their fore-leaders did to set the nations on good path of unity and structure. Africans hurt unity I’ve come to observe hence someone would call Nkrumah a devil. The selfish nature what free-flow for all one gets and dominates the rest hence Nkrumah could see long-term just like how our white counterparts thinks
    Since 2005 God instructed my heart to buy his magazine history and ever since I have learnt to love this man and now as I’m living in Europe made see more into the lens of his thinking. Long live Nkrumah visions it shall come come to pass.

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