Kwame Nkrumah:

Kwame Nkrumah:

Kwame Nkrumah:

Kwame Nkrumah:

Synopsis

An original study of the life and work of Nkrumah which traces the development of his thought and practice. Key passages from Nkrumah's writings and those of contemporaries are drawn on to illuminate Nkrumah's great contributions as well as certain contradictory elements in his outlook. An excellent one-volume source.

Excerpt

Nkrumah loved sunsets and tried never to miss those brief, ever exciting minutes. Today the sunset seemed particularly beautiful. As it sank into the ocean the crimson sun was reflected by a myriad of patches of light in the line of surf. No sooner had the upper edge of the sun vanished than the entire horizon was painted in glowing colors -- orange, red and purple. The palms along the shore suddenly became visible, their crowns making fantastic shapes against the blazing sky. But soon the colors faded and then were extinguished altogether. Only a narrow red band remained a few minutes longer at the spot where the fiery disc had disappeared.

Darkness enveloped the study. Nkrumah turned on the lights and wearily sat down at his large desk. He needed to record the main events of the past few days, days which would become part of his country's history forever. The day before yesterday, on September 18, 1956, it had been learned that Britain had finally announced the date on which the independence of the Gold Coast would be declared -- March 6, 1957. Yesterday he had passed this long-awaited news on to the Legislative Assembly and this evening he had made the announcement over the radio. His free country would bear the proud name Ghana. That had been the name of a rich and powerful medieval state established by the peoples of West Africa.

A few sheets of paper covered with neat handwriting lay in a thick folder labelled "autobiography." Nkrumah had been working on it by fits and starts for many months now. No, it was not the desire to tell the world about his life that had made him put pen to paper. He wanted to record the history of the anti-colonial struggle waged by the people of the Gold Coast, the struggle to which he had devoted his life. The autobiography of Jawaharlal Nehru -- the leader of one of the first Asian countries to be liberated from British colonial rule -- had made a big impression on Nkrumah. His country was to become the first state in Tropical Africa to wrench itself free from the colonial system.

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