See: Article and comment: http://politics.myjoyonline.com/pages/news/201109/73621.php?storyid=73621
OFFICE OF THE ODIKRO
a companion of the black star!
I am happy Kwesi Pratt is raising this issue. Nkrumah clearly stands out! His vision of Ghana, not just a paradise for the rich but a Republic for the poor farmers, workers, fishermen and women, students, pensioners, children, and for all citizens of Ghana, irrespective of economic class, social class, ethnic origin, religious persuasion, or gender.
This contribution is unique. That he was able to achieve this in spite of the stiff opposition led by the imperialists with their local collaborators attest to his greatness. We need to remember that Nkrumah launched the Positive Action Campaign at a time when the "property owning democrats" favoured the right to vote for the 1951 Constitution to be based upon the showing receipt of payment of tax on your property, not below a determined value. Simply put, "No property, no vote"! The universal adult suffrage that we take for granted today, was as a result of a bitter struggle against the Gold Coast bourgeoisie who sought social exclusion even at the level of national representation.
This, for me, is what makes Nkrumah the true Founder of the Nation. The most important value we all cherish is the right to be represented, not only by the rich and powerful in society. Nkrumah fought and won this for the common man! No wonder he is so hated by the rich and powerful who wanted to continue to lord it over the rest of us with their inevitable scorn and arrogance! Thank you very much the Osagyefo! We shall forever be grateful and honour this day, not for your reasons of vain glory, but to remind ourselves of the internal dynamics of politics, and why the rich want to continue to be richer, and the poor continue to be poorer.
The so-called champions of democracy even made it illegal to mention Nkrumah's name in public, or keep his photos, books, and audio visuals! The panic reaction came when the late Mr. Johnny Hansen publicly displayed Nkrumah's photo in Kumasi during the Busia regime. Under emergency bill, Parliament sat for seventeen hours to produce a law banning the mere mention of Nkrumah's name! and they call themselves "democrats"! They claim to be champions of human rights, of freedom of speech!
Hm, they even make me laugh!
Forward Ever! Backwards Never!
With Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah!
The Black Star of Africa!http://politics.myjoyonline.com/pages/news/201109/73621.php?storyid=73621
As Kwame Nkrumah rightly pointed out on Ghana's eve of independence, "The independence of Ghana is meaningless unless it is linked up with the total liberation of the whole continent of Africa!" With the continent still in the belly of the beast of imperialism, cut into fragile neocolonial bantustans that we call fatherlands, not one independence anniversary is worth celebrating!
On the contrary, we need to celebrate Nkrumah. We need to do this not for Nkrumah, but for ourselves and generations yet unborn in order to keep the Pan-Africanist flame blazing! To think of the amount of money the Busia-Danquah neocolonialist tradition of the NPP spent and stole during the Ghana@50, it is more than obscene to hear them complain.
“We in Africa who are pressing now for unity are deeply conscious of the validity of our purpose. We need the strength of our combined numbers and resources to protect ourselves from the very positive dangers of returning to colonialism in disguised forms. We need it to combat the entrenched forces dividing our continent and still holding back millions of our brothers. We need it to secure total African liberation. We need it to carry forward our construction of a socio-economic system that will support the great mass of our steadily rising population at levels of life which will compare with those in the most advanced countries” - Kwame Nkrumah, "Africa Must Unite!", 1960.
We need to remind people of this! Only the enemies of our freedom and development are complaining!