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Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah

GHANAIAN statesman, the first President of Ghana, the foremost exponent of African unity and Pan—Africanism, one of the founding fathers of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) and a leading member of the Non-Aligned Movement. Born on 21 September 1909 at Nkroful, south-western Ghana, he spent eight years of primary school at the Roman Catholic Church School in Half-Assini where his father was a goldsmith. In 1930 he qualified as a teacher at the Government Training College in Accra; he taught there until 1935. He then left for the USA where he graduated in 1939 Lincoln University, Oxford, Pennsylviania in Philadelphia.

He was later appointed lecturer in Political Science at Lincoln University, where he was also elected President of the African Students Organization of America and Canada. In June l945 he went to study at the London School of Economics and Political Science and to read law at Grey’s Inn. He  was elected Vice- President of the African Students Union and October of  year was elected co-Secretary of the fifth Pan-African Conference held at Manchester, England.

The Pan-African movement inspired for many future leaders of Africa, including Nkrumah, to champion the cause of freedom and independence on the continent. At the Manchester Conference he largely wrote the agreed "Declaration to the peoples of the colonial rule, calling on them to organise to end colonial rule. Nkrumah was elected Secretary General of the Working Committee established by the Fifth Pan-African Conference and also Secretary of the West African National Secretariat. At the same time, he becomes editor of the New African, a radical ... Read More

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A Senior Research Fellow at the Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy, Dr. Vladimir Antwi-Danso, says Osagyefo Nkrumah's ideals are still relevant today.

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After destroying, selling his established industries and companies to ourselves and cronies, denying the youth to wallow in poverty, we are celebrating him today. What a shame. ...Read More

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The 50th anniversary of the formation of the Organization of African Unity coincides with the 50th anniversary of the demise in Accra of Dr. W.E.B Dubois, the towering leader of Pan-Africanism thought.  Pan-Africanism was the bedrock of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s burning passion for a unified African Continent most certainly fueled by the anti-colonial movement symbolized by the seminal Fifth Pan ... Read More

 

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