The Achievements of Dr Kwame Nkrumah
The achievements of Dr Kwame Nkrumah distinguished him among his contemporaries on the continent. His ideology for pan-Africanism, Africa liberation and self-governance also earned him an enviable reputation worldwide.
Following his indelible legacy on the continent, Nkrumah was adjudged Africa’s greatest (Man of the Millennium) in 2000. His social policies and style of leadership were impeccable.
It is unfortunate to admit that successive administrations have, over the years, abandoned most of the projects and policies of Osagyefo. A poor maintenance culture in particular has been the bane of this country.
He is fondly remembered for the improved roads, schools, hospitals, factories, the Akosombo Dam, the Tema Harbour and economic stability, just to mention a few.
The former Chairperson of the CPP, Samia Nkrumah, hit the nail right on the head when she attributed the country’s economic woes to the overthrow of her father, President Kwame Nkrumah.
Even though Dr Nkrumah’s economic and social policies were undeniably the best, his opponents made every effort to discredit him. Undoubtedly, he is so far the best President Ghana and even Africa has ever had.
Dr Kwame Nkrumah demonstrated patriotism and eschewed parochialism as a visionary leader. Let’s mourn him for his exceptional leadership which was wrongfully deposed 50 years ago.
It is not surprising that in June 2009, President JEA Mills commissioned the Nkrumah Centenary Celebration Planning Committee to organise a befitting ceremony on Nkrumah’s 100th birthday.
Let’s draw inspiration from the achievements, ideology, and vision of the great man who led Ghana to independence from British colonial rule for the purpose of nation building.
Following the overthrow of the CPP administration, Dr Nkrumah sought political exile in Conakry with his Guinean counterpart, President Ahmed Sekou Toure. He was appointed Co-President of Guinea until his death on April 27, 1972. He died at the age of 63.
“Revolutions are brought about by men, by men who think as men of action and act as men of thought”, Kwame Nkrumah.