WHEN NKRUMAH WAS OVERTHROWN
WHEN NKRUMAH WAS OVERTHROWN and he was in Conakry, Guinea, he sent emissaries to some African countries to support his return to crash the military-cum-police takeover. The response was embarrassing. Later on analysis of the African neocolonial situation with Dr. Amical Cabral and Sekou Toure, Nkrumah decided to spend the rest of his time writing and publishing. In conceiving and setting up PANAF BOOKS LIMITED, Nkrumah again sent emissaries to key African leaders, mostly in East Africa for financial contribution. Here again the response was embarrassing as only one literally threw $10,000 in Nkrumah’s so that Nkrumah would not bother him. I asked June Milne why this embarrassing reaction considering the sacrice Nkrumah and his CPP government made towards the decolonisation of these countries on the principle of ONE MAN ONE VOTE and the winning of elections of these leaders? June Milne answered that those leaders did not want to upset the West and in particular, France, Britain and the US. Then I asked June: “Could these leaders have become presidents if Nkrumah and the CPP had folded their arms and said they would not dare upset the British and French and the settler colonialists on Ghana attaining her independence?“
Nkrumah indeed pledged that THE INDEPENDENCE OF GHANA IS MEANINGLESS UNLESS IT IS LINKED UP WITH THE TOTAL LIBERATION OF THE AFRICAN CONTINENT on 6th March 1957. And when they assembled in Addis Ababa in May 1963 to form the OAU how many independent states were there? Please can you imagine the scale of sacrifice and discipline that went into the execution of TOTAL LIBERATION AND UNIFICATION AGENDA that within a space of 6 years, from March 1957 to May 1963, 32 African states had gained their independence. In 1963, Nkrumah published AFRICA MUST UNITE and gave every head of state and government and their delegation a copy during the summit in Addis Ababa. Nkrumah followed this up with the publishing of NEOCOLONIALISM: THE LAST STAGE OF IMPERIALISM in 1965 in preparation for the hosting of Ghana the OAU summit in Accra. The US vehemently opposed the publication and demanded a halt to its distribution. Nkrumah would not be bullied and so the US, Britain and Israel launched a diplomatic assault and boycott of the OAU summit in Accra. In stirring your conscience of what Nkrumah should mean to you the younger generation, know that at this time Ghana had broken pulled out of the Commonwealth over Rhodesia now Zimbabwe as Britain refused to quell the the unilateral declaration of Independence by Ian Smith settler regime.
Nkrumah did not fear the West. It was the West rather that trembled at the moral courage and liberating authority of Nkrumah.
Nkrumah left us his final book, REVOLUTIONARY PATH, as our guide. In his words: THE SECRET OF LIFE IS TO HAVE NO FEAR.
BOYCOTTING FRANCE IS NOT MERE NOISE BUT A CLARION CALL, A MEANS TO AN END.