Kwame Nkrumah Essay

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Erica Corulla AFN122 Professor The Rise and fall of Kwame Nkrumah Kwame Nkrumah was a prime minister of Ghana. He was the first head of state of an independent post-colonial nation in Africa south of the Sahara. Nkrumah attempted to transform Africa and Ghana politically, into modern societies. He is said to have left a legacy, and is considered a leading figure in decolonization. Nkrumah was in doubt about true independence and because of that, he wrote on neocolonialism. Neocolonialism is a condition where a country may be politically independent and still be economically dependent on other states. He also was involved in Pan-Africanism, and felt that Africa needed more development and African needed political unification of its countries. Nkrumah had an idea of an African Federation and it did not succeed. There was then the OAU Organization of African Unity. This was an obvious achievement in Nkrumah’s eyes as well as Africa. Nkrumah was more into developing Africa politically, rather than economically. He felt that without political independence, plans for social and economic revolution would fail. Nkrumah was looked upon as a prophet and people would even compare him to the Messiah. He was the “Christ of Our Day”. They felt he had a supernatural gift of healing because accounts in his life were of the New Testament, accounts of the life of Christ. Nkrumah’s rise to power began in 1947 when the UGCC (The United Gold Coast Convention), which is a political organization formed by a small group of lawyers and businessmen, was established, Nrkrumah was the General Secretary. The UGCC was defeated in 1951, and was done for after. Nkrumah then formed the CPP (Conventions People party) in 1949. Nkrumah believed that this party would embrace “all the progressive elements in our (Africa’s) community”.Nkrumah really wanted independence. The
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