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Nkrumah in Retrospect

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 20, 2009

Next week, it will be a hundred years since Nkrumah was born. So many years after his birth, the Osagyefo excites more passion and disagreement, by far, than any of his contemporaries. Some say he is the Greatest Ghanaian— maybe African ever. Others see him as a wicked tyrant who blew our nation’s opportunity to be the first truly successful African country and was therefore justly overthrown. Before looking at the great man and his legacy, let me dispose of a few myths and inconsistencies out there.

First, it is ironic that some in our country condemn in strong terms the overthrow of Nkrumah and the CPP in 1966 while they staged and or support the 31st December coup that overthrew the CPP’s successor, the PNP. While people of goodwill may disagree on whether the 1966 coup was justified or not, it defies imagination for one to be against the 1966 coup while being for the 1981 coup.

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