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03.07.2019 Feature Article

It Is President Kwame Nkrumah, Not Dr. J. B. Danquah & Co, Who Will Forever Live In The Hearts Of Black People The World Over

Kwame Nkrumah
JUL 3, 2019 FEATURE ARTICLE

Now aged 66, when I was much, much younger, I felt I had to answer every significant written critique of President Nkrumah's legacy, which I came across, in the Ghanaian print media. What a fool I was: Why worry, when Nkrumah's equal has still not been born, and he is recognized globally as one of the greatest Black leaders, ever? Haaba.

Surprising though it might be to those now busy trashing his achievements, President Nkrumah will be regarded as a hero to the Black race, till the very end of time. Full stop. Typical of the Alice-in-Wonderland revisionist-times we are now in, for the first time since Ghana became a republic (on the 1st of July, 1960), Republic Day was not officially commemorated. Neither was it a national holiday. Incredible.

The question we must ponder over is: Is it not extraordinary that the historic day that President Nkrumah's regime formally ended the last direct link between the racist British Establishment, and our system (symbolised by the governor-general appointed by the British monarch on the advice of Ghana's Prime Minister being our head of state), was not celebrated in what is still regarded by many Black people around the world as their spiritual home, more or less?

The day those rabid-racists who cunningly occupied our country during the colonial era, were told where they got off, not celebrated? Amazing. Doubtless, that curious decision was taken by the political progeny of Dr. J. B. Danquah & Co, just to spite Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. Indeed, such was their hatred of Nkrumah that after the overthrow of the Convention People's Party (CPP) government in February 1966, the burning of books written by Nkrumah was organized by the toadying-and-imperialist-loving traitors who supplanted his regime.

Now they are back in power in Ghana once more and are at it again. What escapes the detractors of President Nkrumah, is that it is not for nothing that in their collective wisdom, the masses of the Black race - both at home in the continent and in the Diaspora - came to the conclusion that Nkrumah was a torchbearer for people of African descent worldwide, which is why in 2000, he was voted Africa's man of the millennium by the BBC World Service's listeners.

Finally, let the progeny of President Nkrumah's political opponents do their worst: Nkrumah's admirers must not lose sleep over criticisms of their hero by his mean-spirited detractors. After all, it is Nkrumah, not the imperialist lackeys and stooges of neocolonialism, Dr. J. B. Danquah & Co, who will forever live in the hearts of members of the Black race, the world over. Cool.

Kofi Thompson
Kofi Thompson, © 2019

This author has authored 332 publications on Modern Ghana. Author column: KofiThompson

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