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25.02.2007 Feature Article

Paying Gratitude to the Nkrumah family for the selflessness contribution of the late President

Paying Gratitude to the Nkrumah family for the selflessness contribution of the late President

As our country reaches 'Ghana @ 50' many Ghanaians owe their success in life due to the Late President Kwame Nkrumah's strategic focus and vision during his period of power.

There was self belief, self worth, self confidence and greater pride in Ghana. Our shpos were full of quality goods with our international trade links with the world. Our youths would rather return home after graduating on overseas higher insitutions to contribute to our economic developments.
The echoes everwhere Kwame Nkrumah Show boy, Kwame Never die, Ghana the the Black star. Our streets were full of party goers, ball room dancing, classy population.

Would it not be right to join forces with the children of Kwame to donate money and found a Trust to establish a lasting memorial for President Nkrumah, as previous Governments have not considered this area as a priority.

It would be helpful to get the support of Samia Nkrumah in particular as we saw passionate interview with Reggie Tagoe in Italy, her love for Ghanaians and Africa following her father's steps. Immediately we all knew that our sister Samia was naturally one of us.

All countries with Ghanaians and celebrating Ghana @50 should endeavour to contribute voluntarily towards this Trust.

We could consider working in partnership with all our Ghana High Commissions globally, in order to show transparencies and channel all monies into a central Trust fund.

It would be worth considering the return of the remains of our late president Kwame Nkrumah to Nkroful as the community have rather lost out with the little they have got.

An independance museum has been discussed with other suggestions from others to help Nkroful village. Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah would be back with his people and they would raise up at their son's name.

There would be executives and trustees to these Trust Fund so that every penny is accountable to the global Ghanaian community.

There may need to be a conference with some selected chairmen of all countries celebrating Ghana @ 50 to strategically plan step by step what the Nkroful village community and nation want Nkroful to provide as a memorial.

The contributions of few Presidents in all Africa match the achievements of our late President Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah and Ghanaians need to raise this profile high as no one else would do this for us.

Ghanaians must all remember that on that historic day that, our country Ghana came awake, Yes ! Indeed! “Rising in its place was the tri-colour flag of red, gold, and green, with a black star at its centre, the standard of the new, independent nation of Ghana, the first British colony in Africa to achieve sovereignty in the 20th century. Ghanaians must reflect on the ecstasy worldwide we were all in when the Black Star defeated the US football team during the world cup finals last year, and reflect then reflect upon the similar emotions Kwame and his team and our parents and grand parents went through. The euphoria was even of a higher magnitude at the famous Polo grounds and even beyond our nation Ghana, For Africa, Asia, and even Europe, Ghana became the nation to be seen to be associated with – and other countries in Africa looked to us for an example. Let this be so again!

Yes! Indeed too! Fathia Nkrumah and her family were all there to usher Gold Coast into a new modern independant Ghana.

There were so much to do and Kwame's priorities was not of his immediate families whatso ever. The prioitiies was us Ghanaians and enslaved Africa continent.

Please please do not turn your backs and celebrate in style without every country thinking of the memory of the one who engineered our freedom.

I will be link up with Samia and her brothers to see if a consensus can be reached to give something that would reflect on his memory, and of value to all Ghanaians.

Mercy Adede Bolus
Mercy Adede Bolus, © 2007

This author has authored 172 publications on Modern Ghana. Author column: MercyAdedeBolus

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