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02.05.2007 General News

Nkrumah Remembered

By Shaibu ABUBAKAR

A requiem mass was on Friday held to commemorate the 35th anniversary of Dr. Nkrumah's death.

Organised by the CPP's Patriots, a grouping within the party, the mass as attended by a number of Nkrumahists including Messrs. K.B Asante, Kwaw Ansah, Bright Akwetey and Akoto Ampaw.

In a sermon, Rev. Daniel Tettegyi said Dr. Nkrumah was a patriot who died for his country. He said his enormous work in the sectors of education; health, transport and other sectors are still being enjoyed by the country.
Rev Tetteygyi said it is important to remember the exceptional contributions of Ghana's first President to the development of the country, adding that as a nation, our history should help us know our past, understand the present and predict the future.
He described as unfortunate some attempts that have been made to discredit Dr Nkrumah, saying “like all human beings he also had his shortcomings but the reality is that his good deeds far outweigh his shortcomings, and that is what he should be remembered for.”

He admonished the congregation to live selfless lives so as to leave a mark in the sands of time, as has been done by Dr. Nkrumah.

The Chairman of 'The Patriots', Kwamena Benyarko said Nkrumah was a visionary who lived ahead of his time.

“Like all visionaries, he was misunderstood and even became a threat to those for whom Ghana and Africa's emancipation and progress posed an uncomfortable challenge.”

Mr. Benyarko said if the plans of Nkrumah were followed through, such as nuclear energy which he spoke about some fifty years ago, we would today not have 'Darkness at 50, instead of Ghana at 50.'
Speaking to the dailyEXPRESS, retired diplomat K. B. Asante praised 'The Patriots' for organizing the programme, noting that at the time when Africa is still struggling to cope with global trends, Nkrumah's vision of a united Africa needs to be revisited.

He admonished Africans to have confidence and believe in themselves, as was preached by Dr. Nkrumah since this is the only way the African can be an achiever.

Source: dailyEXPRESS Newspaper

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