Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Kwame Nkrumah vrs Muammar al-Gaddafi

After Nkrumah liberated Ghana from its colonial rulers, the effect of the achievement rippled throughout the continent, motivating others to fight for their freedom. It is therefore not so surprising to see nations like Nigeria gaining Independence in 1960. Nkrumah however continued to echo his intentions of liberating the whole landmass of Africa else his toil would have been fruitless.

For some reasons beyond his control, he was unable to fulfill the dream of being Africa’s messiah. Years after his death, does Africa want an African Union?

At the AU summit held in Accra to discuss this delicate topic, the consensus was to unify Africa slowly in a manner that would benefit all participating members. This decision did not go down well with Al-Gaddafi who was campaigning for a unified continent within the shortest possible time. I wonder sometimes, which stand Kwame Nkrumah would have taken if he were alive.

From what I have read about Kwame Nkrumah, I gather he was a radical man and was a man who believed in action. When the United Gold Coast Confederation (UGCC) preached “Independence within the shortest possible time” he was adamant and went for the “Independence Now” slogan. From this past experience one can infer that Nkrumah would have actually gone with Al-Quadafi.

On the other hand, Kwame Nkrumah was a man of discerning wisdom, and therefore strategically approached every problem (at least most of them) with caution. Nkrumah’s approach towards establishment of the first medical school in Ghana is evidence of that nature he carried in him. He took the more cautious approach which was not necessarily the fastest at that time. In the end he was glad to see the medical school established after several years. From this past experience, I can say Nkrumah would have approached this puzzling problem with caution and would probably have gone against Al-Quadafi’s approach towards the African single state.

To ‘posthumously’ think like Kwame Nkrumah, is a task no man on earth can ever do. One thing I know for sure, Kwame Nkrumah used different approaches to solve different problems. And that is why he is the man of the Century!


MIghTy African said...

kai, Kwame Nkrumah is getting the love on this blog paa.

September 21st is coming o!

Thanks for the tributes man

Edward of PathGhana said...

lol.You are always welcome Ato.

Nana Fredua-Agyeman said...

That's the problem if you have a mentality that is far ahead the people of your time. We are still grappling with the African High Command, African Union is a farce presently, and slowly we would get nowhere. Nkrumah's dreams, visions, thoughts are still as relevant today as they were many years ago.

Edward of PathGhana said...

@ Nana|| Very interesting thoughts Nana. But Ghana needs your optimism!!!!! Dont give up man!

Gameli Magnus Adzaho said...

If the leaders of the time had listened to Kwame Nkrumah, Quaddafi would probably not be having problems convincing anybody! His vision was truly ahead of his time.

Edward of PathGhana said...

@ Gameli|| Prophetic huh!! But I believe the time is still not right. No one has ever been able to define the term "NOW". Does now mean at this very minute or as soon as possible. I think "NOW" and "AS SOON AS POSSIBLE" are similar time frames

Mike said...

I tip my hat to you Sir Edward!
Very well written.

Edward of PathGhana said...

@ Mike|| Thank you very much my Lord.