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Kwame Nkrumah: West Africa’s deluded Pan-Africanist

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 14, 2009

The behaviour must have been quite comical. An exiled former powerful president and hero of the African anti-colonial struggle cowering in his bedroom in fear, though nobody was really after him. Unbeknown to many, this was the other side of life Ghana’s founding father, Kwame Nkrumah, led in exile in Guinea-Conakry. This was despite holding the title of co-president bestowed upon him by his host, Ahmed Sekou Toure. In his home away from home, he spent most of his time hallucinating about his abduction and assassination by Western intelligence agents.

When his cook died in Conakry, he hoarded food in his bedroom fearing he would be poisoned. One of his waking nightmares was that someone was going through his mail.

11 Responses to “Kwame Nkrumah: West Africa’s deluded Pan-Africanist”

  1. Bobo said

    How much were you paid for this soul selling?

  2. Kwame Adin said

    Nkrumah might be dead physically, but you could never murder his soul. This hatch job is in attempt to deface one of the most outstanding African statesmen. It will not work. The landmarks of Nrumah’s achievements are the human development, infrastructural developments; he understood the universal dimension to black liberation. Long after his death, Nkrumah remains an icon.

  3. I am disappointed in what, in my humble opinion, is a poorly-evidenced and tendentious piece of polemic. Of course Nkrumah had his flaws. What leader doesn’t? In that relaistic vein, you have missed the opportunity to present a balanced critique which recognised Nkrumah’s achievements, as well as his mistakes, and your free use of adjectives such as “bizarre” and “comical,” with no supportive reasoning, says volumes about your approach. Just to take one example of your lack of even-handedness: you say that “He saw plots against him everywhere even after he was overthrown.” It perhaps passed you by, but John Stockwell’s “In search of enemies” and subsequently-released CIA documents show that CIA operaties themselves acknowledge the involvement of their organisation in the coup which overthrew Nkrumah. I could go on, but I will end here. Yours more in sorrow than in anger.

  4. Addo said

    I’m sure many of such writers dropped staight from another planet or don’t even have an ounce of brain to appreciate great historic figures, whose sweat and blood brought into being the freedom that has allowed this writer to pour out such obnoxious negative comments about one of African’s desent men. Shame on you, whoever you are.

  5. PJ Scott said

    Thirty seven years after Kwame Nkrumah passed away people are still trying their best to diminish the man…and failing…
    It must be quite galling to realise that when all is said and done the man remains an icon. Nkrumah never dies!!!

  6. Brukutu said

    Rashid Suleiman,
    Evidently, you have been fed with the wrong message. I wish I have time to address all of the negative comments you raised about Nkrumah.
    First of all, He was never a dictator. I have always made the argument that, no man scratches his head unless it itches and nobody dances without hearing music. The hatred for Nkrumah started the moment he detached himself from the UGCC. Nkrumah was a good and humble man.Busia, Danquah and others tried to use him to organize the UGCC for them and leave so that one of their own becomes president. Nkrumah didn’t want that. He felt he was being used hence, his decision to leave the UGCC to form the CPP.
    You also stated that he mismanaged Ghana’s money by …. That is not true. It was one of Busia-Danqua propaganda to smear his reputation. JUst go to Ghana right now and look for the Tema Motor way. You will see that, it is the most well built road in Ghana. They also accused him of putting his political opponents in prison but what they don’t say is that, his life was under constant threat the moment he left them.Did you know that they released every prisoner in Ghana in the aftermath of the coup? They did that just to create the impression that, hundreds (if not thousands) of Ghanaians were imprisoned for no good reasons.
    As if that was not enough, soldiers were dispatched to Nkrumah’s hometown to rape, kill, torture and harass ordinary citizens. In fact, it has been reported that, they tried to extinguish Nkrumah entire tribesmen but majority of them bolted to the Ivory Coast and never returned. Rashid Suleiman, these and many other horrible stories are what you need to investigate and report instead of the lies they are feeding you.
    And by the way, are you aware that those who hate Nkrumah come from only 2 regions in Ghana? That’s a fact. Nkrumah was loved by umore than 90% of Ghanaians and the number is even growing. He wasn’t a dictator. he was a true hero.

  7. John Smith said

    What an Nkrumah hater!!! He may have his faults and “delusions”, as many leaders do, but to tear down all is greater accomplishments as you do in this article, raises questions about your own hatred and motives.

  8. This article seems to be missing a lot of things. For one, you call it paranoia, but don’t mention the numerous attempts that were actually made on his life. Secondly, these lavish projects included a university and a power system that are still in use today: necessary infrastructure. lastly, you seem to taut the ignorance of someone removed from the everyday lives of Ghanaians. This article seems to be written by an official of the CIA. though hindsight is 20/20, this article is so abstract that it’s almost senseless

  9. When will you envious people give up your propaganda. Even after his death you must work against him. How do you expect Whites to respect us . These are the few heroes we have

  10. Samuel said

    Even though I largely agree to the the things stated in the article, I strongly believe that, this article is aimed at tarnishing the image of an African leader who is unparrelled in the history of emancipation.
    What you are failing to recognise is the fact that, Nkrumah linked the struggle for independence (approach) to the developmental aspiration of the people of the continent.
    In short, because he got independence by the use of a populist approach, he also felt that, the developmental approach could also be pursued through the same means.
    Where I strongly differ with you, is your comparing of Nkrumah to ex-leaders who did nothing for their countries and failed to learn from the mistakes of Nkrumah but rather futher perpetuated his ‘mistakes’.
    Afterall, Nkrumah emerged during times that, where leadership and management styles had not emerged what was readily available was the Machiavalian tactics.
    To condemn Nkrumah to paranoia is like condemning Kuffour to a total failure of Leadership, afterall, Nkrumah was accused of wasting funds on the Akosombo dam and the motorway, for which we are still benefiting from and Kuffour was also accused an illusioned grandiose for wasting state funds for on the presindential palaces and jets.

    Ask me and I will say the greatest thing that ever happened to Ghana was the emergence of Nkrumah & Kuffour to our politics.
    Please look at what these personalities achieved and the challenges that confronted them.

    Whether as Ghanaians, we like it or not he fought and won our independence and it is on record that JB Danquah is a state saboteur who helped foreign powers to overthrow his government.

  11. Gabriel KD said

    I am very surprised at your comments and I wonder where you learnt your history and where you had your education.Dr.Nkrumah still remains one of the true sons of Africa by his actions and his record.
    Dr. nkrumah’s vision and philosophies for the well-being of Africa was not appreciated by some of his contemporaries for whatever reasons there were. I am truly surprised at your comments as a modern man who is privileged to have all the historical facts at your disposal and especially where his visions for African unity was copied after several decades by Europe.
    True sons of Africa don,t speak this way. A word to the wise is enough.

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