Sunday, November 15, 2015

Kwame



When one is interested in Ghana you simply can not get around the guy that lead the Gold Coast to be the first country in Sub-Sharana Africa to independence: Kwame Nukrumah. 

A bit of a controversial figure. Called everything from visionary to dictator that made his opponent die in jail. I tend towards visionary till 1960 and more towards dictator until the coup in 1966. 
Still pretty cool guy mainly responsible for bringing together African states into a Union. A true Pan-africanist, not quite as much appreciated by the West, nor his fellow countrymen and women towards the end, but now honored by a memorial in Accra. 





In all his glory. 


Dr. Kwame Nkrumah  (1909 til 1972 - he did not return alive after the coup in 1966, but had died in exile from which he continued to write...)



Joyous days. "Self Government Now" - the slogan for the CPP - Conventions Peoples Party lead them to independence on the 6th of March 1957.






As this decapitated statue of Nkruma shows, the people of Ghana were not quit as found of him towards the end of his reign.




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