Do you need a witness to testify about your need to use the toilet when you feel the unease in your stomach? Let the ordinary Ghanaians speak on. Are you better off today than you were 49 years ago?
Every year, some so-called Nkrumahist or social democrats gathered in a luxurious auditorium to mourn the overthrow of Dr Kwame Nkrumah on February 24, 1966, with long speeches and hugs, dressed in suits, signifying modern day capitalists thereby betraying that entire Dr. Nkrumah stood for and preached.
February 24, 1966, was the darkest day in the history of Ghana, it set in motion the numerous coup d’états, we experienced as a nation, until 1992, when we ushered in the Fourth Republican dispensation.
Dr. kwame Nkrumah was not only a gift to Ghana, but the whole of Africa, as he epitomized what we can accomplish as Africans, if only we can believe in ourselves.
Every year, this time around, in celebrating this gift of a man, instead of living by what he thought us, we engage in unnecessary blame game, as who and which political party masterminded his overthrow.
When Dr. Nkrumah was overthrown in 1966, we had over 400 industries, today we have less than ten of them functioning, where did we go wrong and what happened.
Instead of the blame game, can we all go back and reflect on where Dr. Nkrumah wanted this country to be.
Who has the moral right to claim ownership of Dr. Nkrumah, is it because you belong to the defunct Convention Peoples Party (CPP) or because your profess Nkrumaism, I often get agitated when I listen to people who claim to belong to the CPP, chastising and accusing members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), for their involvement in the overthrow of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
Dr. Nkrumah was overthrown by Ghanaians and not the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the United States of America (USA) or the United Party (UP), whose members were accused of conniving with the CIA.
Everybody in Ghana jubilated; all of us hounded him out of office, his Ministers held press conferences to denounce him, when he was overthrown, yet some people want to assume the moral high ground as though they own the man.
For as long as that continues , we will always be caught up in the web where the raging debate, which is unnecessary about the role of Dr. Nkrumah and Joseph Boakye Danquah, where instead of celebrating and eulogizing both leaders, we will engage in who did what and who didn’t do what.
The best way to pay glowing tributes to these icons and trail blazers is to relive their vision, what they stood for and how it manifested in their lives.
Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was no saint, he like any leader, did overstep his bounds; he did things that if he was alive today, on hindsight will admit that it was unnecessary and undemocratic. We had attained Independence and so everything must be done to consolidate our newly attained status, so Dr Nkrumah can be pardoned, although as a leader, when you take the glory, you should also take the excesses.
Dr. J.B Danquah, was no saint either, he also came from amongst us, he also did a lot of things to undermine Dr. Nkrumah’s government, regrettable as it seems that he
died in prison, it was really necessary, but it could have been avoided.
49 years after Nkrumah’s death and 50 years after JB Danquah’s, death we are still sulking and accusing each other.
Those who gathered yesterday at the College of Physicians and Surgeons to listen to boring speeches that have been given year after year, can they pass the test of what Dr. Nkrumah stood for?
How many of them don’t have their children schooling abroad because education in Ghana is nothing good to write home about?
How many of them don’t travel abroad to seek for medical attention when they are sick?
How many of them have had the opportunity to serve in various capacities and have not milk the sacred cow called Ghana?
What lessons did they take home with them that will affect how they interact with the ordinary Ghanaian?
We are sick as a people, because like the Israelites, they told God they were tired of the Manna they were receiving. Maybe it is a punishment from God, for all of us to betray Dr Nkrumah.
49 years after his overthrow, we are still grappling with provision of stable electricity to our homes and factories.
This is something he foresaw and put in place mechanism and plans for us to generate more than we need and even become a net exporter of power, but what did we see after his overthrow, everything he did was demonized, perhaps we are paying the price for it, a classical case of the Children paying for the sins of their fathers.
What will be the message next year, when we will be celebrating fifty years after his overthrow, another lecture, which will not have any direct impact on the people Nkrumah lived and labored for: the ordinary Ghanaian?
Speaker upon speaker will rise to speak and blame the imperialist, they will talk about neo-colonialism and it ills, we will all go home and it is business as usual.
How many Nkrumahist parties do we have, they can’t find a common ground to agree that they are all projecting the ideals of Dr. Nkrumah, because of greed and
Everybody wakes up and subscribe to Nkrumahist, yet in their heart it is something else. The UP tradition that they accuse of masterminding his overthrow, have come together and has formed the New Patriotic Party, which is the largest opposition party and government in waiting, albeit not in 2016 they stand the opportunity of coming back after eight years.
If they want us to take them serious, they should get their acts together and mend the broken fence. Dr. Nkrumah will love that than the lectures. Tweeeaaaa.