African Heroes Month (Dr. Kwame Nkrumah)

Today, I talk about Ghana’s Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the man who was the first leader to lead a black African country to independence from colonial rule on 6th March 1957.

A visionary and truly a man of the people, Kwame Nkrumah gave his all and won every major election he contested in as Prime Minister and later as President. He is responsible for construction of monumental projects such as the Akosombo Dam, the entire Tema Township and the Tema Harbour, KNUST and countless factories across Ghana to satisfy the basic needs of Ghanaians and ensure self-reliance.

Kwame Nkrumah was arguably the strongest advocate for African Unity famously declaring in 1963 that “we(Africa) either unite or we perish”. Nkrumah was one of the founding fathers of the Organization of African Unity(OAU) which was created in May 1963.

Voted as African Man of the Millennium by listeners to the BBC World Service, Kwame Nkrumah remains highly regarded and respected by Africans and all peoples of the world for his legacy as a freedom fighter and a giant in Africa’s fight for independence and freedom.

Here’s a quote from Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah I will like to end with;

“For this end, Africa needs a new type of citizen; a dedicated, modest, honest and informed man. A man submerges self in service to the nation and mankind. A man who abhors greed and detests vanity. A new type of man whose humility is his strength and whose integrity is his greatness”


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