Why Kwame Nkrumah’s vision is shining brightest 50 years after his death

If there is a time Ghana and the world fondly remembers Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah and his policies to boost the economy of the entire Africa, it is now.

Today in History – Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the first Prime Minister and President of Ghana died at the age of 62 on April 27, 1972 in Bucharest, Romania while on treatment for cancer.

The visionary and great Pan-Africanist had been living in Guinea since his overthrow in a coup in 1966.

Though there are divergent views on the governance of Dr Kwame Nkrumah, subsequent regimes have tried to replicate some of his policies under different taglines to strengthen the economic standing of Ghana.

Remember “Operation Feed Yourself’ by former president Kutu Acheampong, ‘Rural Electrification’ by former President Jerry John Rawlings, ‘National Youth Employment’ by former president J A Kufuor, ‘One District One Factory’ by current president of Ghana Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo, African Continental Free Trade Area, AfCFTA by AU,etc.

All the above policies have a semblance of key elements that featured strongly in Dr Kwame Nkrumah’s 7-year Development Plan such as development of skilled labour, employment of youth, industrialization, continental trade, exports of processed goods, among others.

In a time when Africa’s economy is struggling due to the ramifications of global pandemic Coronavirus, the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine and other external factors, it totally makes sense, the legendary leader of Ghana pushed for trade among ourselves as Africans.

After all, fundamental resources needed for our sustenance as Africans can be found right here on the continent, described as the richest in minerals and vegetation.

In terms of infrastructure, Dr Kwame Nkrumah built the Akosombo Dam, Universities, Tema Oil Refinery, major road networks, state farms, rail networks which are a testament to his drive to propel Ghana to development and by extension unite the other regions of the continent to create a local economy for all Africans.

It is indeed sad, detractors from his own land, who did not only topple his government, but also sought to wipe his credentials from history, cut such a vision short.

Remembering the iconic Dr Nkrumah 50 years after his demise; I’m consoled by like-minded youth across Africa, with an insatiable desire to rebuild Africa through impactful entrepreneurial projects.

I would tackled failure in accountability by African politicians on another day, but as long as the likes of Elon Musk’s, Aliko Dangote’s, Mohammed Dewji’s inspire and ignite the passion of young Africans to rise up and work to expand the economy of this continent, I remain unfazed by the challenges the youth of today face on daily basis.

Today, I celebrate Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, chanting the popular mantra by Pan Africanists in Ghana that “Indeed Nkrumah never dies”.


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