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FOUNDER’S DAY: FEEDING ON NKRUMAH’S FLAWS AND STARVING ON HIS VISIONS

September 21st, 2010 marked another day in the commemoration of Founder’s Day. Founder’s Day highlights the achievements of Ghana’s illustrious son and Africa’s man of the millennium, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. The day is observed by all African Union (AU) member countries. There are many controversies surrounding the term “Founder’s Day” as some Ghanaians think it should be renamed “Founders’ Day” to acknowledge the roles played by other figures, such as J.B Danquah, in the emancipation struggle of Ghana.

This article skips that particular controversy to address some misunderstanding of Nkrumah by critics. These misunderstandings are often rooted in petty politicking, and try to downplay his achievements and vision for Ghana, Africa, and black people everywhere. It is imperative to make clear that Ghana/Africa celebrates not Nkrumah per se, but his selfless and timeless vision he left not only for Ghanaians or Africans but also for the entire black African people. Another point worth clarifying is that Nkrumah was not an infallible demigod, and therefore not beyond objective criticisms.

Just like every major leader, Nkrumah had his flaws, but it will amount to gross imprudence on our part, and disservice to posterity to continue to feed on his flaws, leave his strengths to rot on the table, and inter his vision with his corpse. There comes a time when people must challenge themselves by rising beyond their selfish inclinations and begin to gravitate towards a bigger stream of consciousness­—one that is clean of petty party politics, pull-him-down mentality, and personal whims. That time could be now!

ASSASSINATIONS

Edward Kennedy, the brother of former USA President John Fitzgerald Kennedy who was assassinated on the 22nd November 1963 in Dallas, Texas died and was buried a few days ago. There are quite a number of reasons why this issue deserves attention. One of them is for us to understand the global power dynamics which are glossed over in the mainstream media. The second reason is that those who plotted the assassinations of Patrice Lumumba, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King are the ones who plotted the assassination of JFK. Last but not least, it is my wish that young Africanists should investigate the assassination of Japhta Kgalabi Masemola.

An assassination has motive and those who carry it out almost invariably have the capacity to carry it out without being detected and where there is a possibility of being found out, they are able to cover their dirty tracks because they control key organs of state. That is why the SA President Jacob Zuma’s appointments in key areas in government must disturb right thinking citizens of this country.

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