THE GHANAIAN TIMES PAGE 17, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28, 2010
38 YEARS AFTER NKRUMAH’S DEATH
BY LAWRENCE MARKWEI
A commemorative wreath laying ceremony was held yesterday in Accra to mark the 38 years of the death of dr. Nkrumah, the first president of Ghana.
The solemn event which took place at the Kwame Nkrumah memorial park was characterised by poetry recital, singing of dirges and the sounding of the last post.
The vice president, john Mahama, used the occasion to defend the embossment of the image of dr. Kwame Nkrumah on the yet to be issued gh¢2notes.
He said the argument by some people that the action relegated to the background the struggle of others to the achievement of the country’s independence is not tenable.
He said Nkrumah’s role in independence struggle need to be re-emphasised and , therefore, he cannot antecedents support such a position since for many causes it takes the singular honour with others.
Mr. Mahama pointed out that most historical antecedents support such a position since for many causes it takes the singular efforts of one person to bring the cause into fruition.
The vice-president said most of the arguments being raised were part of the machinations by a certain group of people to erase Nkrumah’s legacy.
He said the treachery of those involved in the overthrow of dr. Nkrumah and his subsequent exile was not only against t Ghana but against pan-Africanism.
The vice president said the conspiracy betrayed by one’s compatriot had impacted on dr. Nkrumah’ s life in exile since he had used the period to enrich the political and intellectual work which led to several literary works .
Mr. Mahama said the character assassination of dr. Nkrumah did not stop with his exit from Ghana’s political arena but rather persisted to have his image, achievements and legacy erased in the country.
He said the suppression of his contribution had continued unabated for years, dr. Nkrumah emerged victorious even after death by being described as Africans man of the mellinum and being accorded the right as “founder of the nation Ghana”.
Mrs Esi Sutherland –Addy, a member of Kwame Nkrumah centenary celebration committee, said the marking of Nkrumah’s death was symbolic for the fact that it would allow the present generation to reflect on the legacy of what he achieved in life while serving Ghana.
She said the event should also serve as a transitional lesson to and an opportunity to move forward as a nation with some of the footnotes he left behind as legacy.
Mrs. Sutherland-Addy said Ghanaians should eschew the tendency of scrapping away leaders had done but rather reflect on some of their achievements as a source of inspiration.
Meanwhile, an exhibition on dr. Nkrumah’s political and social life until his overthrown in 1966 was opened at the national museum on Monday.
Some of the pictures on display included monuments he put up such as the airport in Accra, Tema harbour and akosombo dam, while other pictures featured his international meeting with world leaders and traditional chiefs.
Pro. Francis Nkrumah, the eldest son of dr. Nkrumah who cut the tape to declare the exhibition, officially opened said though dr. Nkrumah did many things in life , which had been recognised in Africa and beyond “sadly within his own country, minority groupings have sought to dilute such achievements”
He said the pictures should serve as a living reminder of what he stood for as a leader and the tremendous effort he put into national development until the coup of 1966.
Prof. Nkrumah said the centenary celebration had rekindled the spirit of unity and hopes of the country.