Kwame Nkrumah became a universal icon of freedom as the leader of the first African country to cast off the shackles of colonial rule. The historical significance of Nkrumah lies in the fact that he established an African presence in the Global community. He was a rare leader who combined intellectual ability and practical organizational know-how to wrestle the Gold Coast away from the British rule and built what we now know as Ghana.
At the heart of black radicalism is the idea of the African revolution, a process that ultimately tears down colonial borders and creates a unified state that can provide for all people on the continent and in the diaspora. Nkrumah, the first president of Ghana, which had the first successful liberation struggle in what is known as sub-Saharan Africa, presents the best case and vision of the African revolution.