The Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Aaron Ocquaye’s presentation at the August 4 public lecture was designed to fan the ego of supporters of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).
It was a pathetic, disingenuous and a failed attempt to make Dr J.B. Danquah, Edward Akufo-Addo and other founding members of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) appealing to Ghanaians.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has made it his divine task, since he was sworn in January, to elevate his father and uncle over the one who won independence for Ghana.
But he doesn’t know, the BBC Africa’s Man of the Millennium, Dr Kwame Nkrumah will continue to be the founder of modern Ghana.
Notwithstanding what they do, that title will not be shared with people who first introduced the use of bomb in the country. Ghana deserves a better place which can be found in the bosom of Osagyefo Dr Nkrumah.
Surprisingly, while unemployed Ghanaians are brooding over their worsening situation, the sons and daughters of UGCC founders met at the National Theatre in Accra Friday to reposition the place of their predecessors in Ghana’s history.
Their mission for organizing the August 4 public lecture was simply to make Dr Danquah, Edward Akufo-Addo and others relevant than they have been.
Professor Ocquaye introduced no new truth in his presentation on the night save what every Ghanaian knows.
We all know the founder of modern Ghana came into the country on the invitation of the UGCC founders. That they paid for his trip is nothing new.
It’s a pervasive fact that the independence march of the country predates the coming into Ghana of Nkrumah. We know stalwarts like Dr Danquah, Paa Grant and Edward Akufo-Addo were already in the fight.
And we also know Nkrumah became a dictator at a certain point while serving as the leader of modern Ghana. We know some of his actions weren’t in the interest of the country as he had said.
We know after the 1964 referendum, he changed Ghana’s flag from the agreed red, gold and green to red, white and green.
It is true that some of the actions of the UGCC founding members were motivated by love for country for which they need special commendation. And I’ve said countless times that I will support any initiative to canonize UGCC founding members, but that can’t be done with the motive of downplaying the impact of Nkrumah.
“I have great regard for Dr Nkrumah as a great Ghanaian but the truth must be told…before Nkrumah’s arrival some gallant men [had started the fight],” Professor Ocquaye said.
“He [Nkrumah] came to help in achieving an independence which others have conceptualized,” the political scientist said nothing new.
As anticipated, Professor Ocquaye used the opportunity to stroke the ego of President Akufo-Addo, former President John Agyekum Kufuor and NPP members.
“CPP is the mighty oak tree from which everything else is a branch and from which everything else must flow,” this statement by Nkrumah is a truism.
Even if the United Party (UP)-UGCC progeny will demonise Nkrumah, he will continue to be celebrated across the world. He was and still is bigger than UGCC members.
Dr Nkrumah’s contributions went beyond Ghana and Africa. He was the conscience of third world countries.
The writer Austin Brakopowers works as a journalist at Joy99.7FM and could be reached via Brakomen@outlook.com or www.brakopowers.com. Views expressed here are the Author’s and do not necessarily reflect the position of management of The Multimedia Group.
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