By Joel Savage
Kwame Nkrumah, the father and architect of Ghana’s political independence was a man far ahead of his time. After studies from the United States of America, Nkrumah’s involvement in politics and determination to free Ghana and other African countries from the hands of colonial masters was a bitter issue which the West and America weren’t prepared to handle.
“We have won the battle and again rededicate ourselves; our independence is meaningless, unless it is linked up with the total liberation of Africa.” Nkrumah said. The fact that other African countries were under colonial bondage made him unhappy, after Ghana’s independence. He was a man with vision and full of determination. He started working on the liberation of other African countries.
A year after Ghana’s independence, Kwame Nkrumah helped his friend Ahmed Sekou Touré of Republic of Guinea, to break free from France on October 2, 1958. The France government was very angry to the extent that they took everything, including the furniture at the state house from Guinea to France. Then in 1960, other African countries had their independence, including Patrice Lumumba of Republic of Congo (which prior Belgium had taken as their personal property) on August 15, 1960.
This was something Belgium wasn’t prepared to accept, because of the fear of losing whatever they were siphoning from Congo to Belgium. Before independence Belgium King Leopold’s terror of reign and greed saw many Congolese children and adults limps and hands amputated, the punishment for rebelling against his administration and also not satisfying his demands. Through a plot engineered by Belgium, Lumumba was killed, chopped and body burned in 1962. A brutal death Nkrumah and world leaders spoke against.
The mouth that said, “Here comes the Saviour, hosanna! Hosanna! Was the same mouth that said crucify him.” Ghanaians and the opposition accused Nkrumah as a dictator, forming a one party state. On February 24, 1966, with the aid of the CIA, Nkrumah was overthrown by the army. Declassified National Security Council and Central Agency documents provided ample evidence that the United States government was involved in the 1966 coup that toppled the Ghanaian leader. Prior to his overthrow it was also a difficult period for prominent black leaders in America, including Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.
Kwame Nkrumah spent his last days in exile in Conakry, Guinea. He died in Bucharest Romania. As a punishment to the Ghanaian government for Nkrumah’s interference in Belgium politics, the Belgium government has denied Ghana its embassy ever since. A country like Ghana deserves an embassy not Belgium consulate. It’s a shame Ghana has to go under such punishment for political reasons, without taking into consideration the atrocities the West committed against Africa.
(Book synopsis “The Writer Died.” http://www.amazon.com/The-Writer-Died-Joel-Savage/dp/1621370739)
Kwame Nkrumah: A man far ahead of his time.
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Patrice Lumumba: Brutally murdered for his country’s wellbeing.
Photo source: Courtesy of the Guardian.com