an international symbol of freedom, as the leader of the first black African
country to shake off the chains of colonial rule.
midnight struck on March 5, 1957 and the Gold Coast became Ghana, Nkrumah
are going to see that we create our own African personality and identity.
We again rededicate ourselves in the struggle to emancipate other countries
in Africa; for our independence is meaningless unless it is linked up
with the total liberation of the African continent.'
Explaining his vision
in his 1961 book, I Speak of Freedom, Nkrumah wrote:
'Divided we are weak; united, Africa could become one of the greatest
forces for good in the world. I believe strongly and sincerely that
with the deep-rooted wisdom and dignity, the innate respect for human
lives, the intense humanity that is our heritage, the African race,
united under one federal government, will emerge not as just another
world bloc to flaunt its wealth and strength, but as a Great Power whose
greatness is indestructible because it is built not on fear, envy and
suspicion, nor won at the expense of others, but founded on hope, trust,
friendship and directed to the good of all mankind.'
few of the newly independent African countries were persuaded of the
need to give up some of the power they had recently won, to a central
parliament for the continent. Ghana was one of 30 nations that founded
the Organisation of African Unity in 1963. But Nkrumah regarded it as
inadequate as it was not the United States of Africa he longed for.
But over the next few
years, Nkrumah was increasingly regarded as an authoritarian and remote
leader. In 1964 he declared himself president for life and banned opposition
parties. Justifying his actions he wrote:
'Even a system based on a democratic constitution may need backing
up in the period following independence by emergency measures of a totalitarian
Ghanaians celebrated when their former hero was overthrown by the police
and military, while he was on a visit to China in 1966. There was little
response to Nkrumah's broadcasts calling for the nation to rise against
the coup leaders. He died in exile in Romania in 1972.
Economic Philosophy: Industrialization.
believed that it was only through industrialization, not agriculture,
that Ghana and the rest of independent Africa could catch up with the
developed nations of the world. Rural development was thus neglected.
began the move to dismantle colonial rule in Africa.
advocated Pan-Africanism, to fight neo-colonialism on the continent.
was the architect of the founding of the Organization of African Unity
became a symbol of hope and emancipation for Blacks and all oppressed
peoples everywhere in the world.
built factories and industries in Ghana, the Tema City Harbor, new roads,
and expanded the Civil Service.
constructed the Akosombo Dam to provide electricity both for Ghana and
the neighboring states.
broke the monopoly of the multinational corporations in the Ghanaian
economy, through nationalization policies. He created more jobs in the
economy and increased wages. He set up the main Ghana Shipping Line
- the Black Star Line.
built new hospitals and pipe-borne water
encouraged and financed sports to introduce Ghana to the world.
took charge of their own affairs and reclaimed their dignity in the
world. However, social inequalities persisted in Ghana.
manitained the colonial educational structures geared towards European
degrees and values.
introduced free basic education for all children in Ghana by abolishing
school fees at this level.
expanded education by building more schools to increase enrollments.
built teacher colleges to train teachers for the schools.
built several secondary schools (high schools).
built three universities: The University of Ghana, Cape Coast University,
and the University of Science & Technology.