Born in 1909, Kwame Nkrumah was the leader of Pan Africanist in the 20th Century. It all started in the little village on Nkroful,Ghana. The brilliant young man went on to study in the most prominent Ghanaian high school then Achimota School. Five years after his graduation from high school, Nkrumah left to Study at Lincoln University where he earned his BA in 1939. That was not the end of his willingness to learn more as he went on to earn Master of Science in education from theUniversity ofPennsylvania in 1942 and a Master of Arts in philosophy the following year. His ability to evolve in classroom and social issues specially those concerning Africa led him to becoming the president of African Students’ Organization.
Nkrumah was continuously motivated and went on toLondonhoping to study in London School of Economics. That’s where it all started as he met several Africans and compatriots willing to fight for same cause- independence of Africa.
Through the struggle Nkrumah and his eminent group called the “Big six” felt it was time to move back home and fight for the freedom ofGhana. Eventhough there were many challenges, Nkrumah and his party paid the price of jail terms etc just to earn the freedom the nation craved for at the time. Indeed, that day finally came and Ghana became the first country south of sahara to gain independence.
As Ghana jubilated, Nkrumah pointed out to the nation that “The independence ofGhanais meaningless until it is linked with the total liberation ofAfrica.”
Nkrumah was a legacy and feared by the west. He was overthrown by a CIA backed effort. But even then, most ofAfricabegun to feel how great it is to be independent. Many called him “Osagyefo” (the “victorious one” in Akan language), others referred to him as “Lenin of Africa.”
Today, Africans are investing in the idea of “United States of Africa”; this and many more are all rooted to Nkrumah’s ideas to emerge from being the puppet of the west to become a totally liberated African continent.
Kwame Nkrumah was truly an African personality to be admired centuries to come.