Kwame Nkrumah: the forgotten hero.

When talking about Africa, we always have a pessimist view of political matters.Which is normal since most of the leaders in Africa behave in a dictatorship way and never think for the good of the country.It’s become a prevailing idea that taking power is the way to make someone rich and what distressing is that people stay meek and mild towards the situation.Yet, few Africans leaders managed to get his country out of the grip of “western-made” poverty.One of these few one is Kwane Nkrumah.The first president of Ghana formerly called Gold Coast (1957), during post colonization era. And I doubt that any Malagasy officials know about what he did.An important historical fact, when Madagasy people need landmarks more than anyone else now .

In the long battle against imperial rule of powers such as France, GB and Portugal at that time, he wrote a book “Neo-Colonialism: the Last Stage of imperialism”, in 1965, at the dawn of his term(he ultimately get ousted by a western backed regime by a coup d’état). The book, an analogy to Lenine’s “Imperialism: the highest stage of Capitalism” cleverly describes the tactics of foreign powers to control the heart of former colonies even after independence.These tactics include lowering of the living standard in developing countries, maintenace in power of puppet regimes, economic straglehold by foreign monopolistic complexes.
His final writing denouncing the “New Imperialism” and Ghana’s dependency led to his downfall.Some people insist on the fact that we should work hard rather than always complaining against Imperialists because as they said without colonization, there wouldn’t be road and railways and Malagasy people would have still used silex to make fire.This argument was taken by French president Nicolas Sarko last year to justify their deeds.Up to anyone of us to meditate on but I prefer to embrace Levis Stauss’s (the anthropologist not jeans) statement: “Western world is no superior by any means if a comparison takes place, culturally, politically, even economically. All they earned through these decades is by force and gun”.


~ by tolotra on April 30, 2009.

4 Responses to “Kwame Nkrumah: the forgotten hero.”

  1. Thanks man. I didn’t know him untill I read your post 🙂

  2. Uh, I forgot, I got you on my blogroll 😉

  3. […] to protect the country’s own interests, but at this rate they are not yet born. Give me back Kwame Nkrumah someday !Apart from that, French Masonry actively cheered all its members in Madagascar as French […]

  4. kwame Nkrumah needs to be alive again because he could bring peace to Africa and hopefully help shut down the mass genocidie in Darfur.

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