Founder's Day 10 Nkrumah quotes every Ghanaian must know

In fact, the greatest African of the millennium, according to the 2000 BBC World Service listeners’ poll, is not Nelson Mandela or even Patrice Lumumba, but Kwame Nkrumah, the man who inspired the movement for African independence

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The incessant stream of bad news — make that “flood” — from “the dark continent” gives the impression that Africa somehow missed out on the wonders of capitalist development which the West luckily reaped through some quirk of fate. No longer is it acceptable to attribute this discrepancy to skin colour, though that underlying prejudice still survives, seemingly corroborated by World Bank — even holier-than-thou United Nations — statistics.

So the words and works of Kwame Nkrumah, which inspired a generation, are well worth a second glance. In fact, the greatest African of the millennium, according to the 2000 BBC World Service listeners’ poll, is not Nelson Mandela or even Patrice Lumumba, but Kwame Nkrumah, the man who inspired the movement for African independence, but who has dropped out of Western discourse, for very good reasons.

There's a reason why Kwame Nkrumah is celebrated despite his flaws.  Unfortunately the current generation of Africans may not have a first hand experience of Kwame Nkrumah's vision, that was several decades ahead of his peers and even the developed world, but his words certainly will take you into the depths of Nkrumah's mindset.

Here are 10 power quotes of Kwame Nkrumah made between the late 1950s to 1960s, but will make you think he was speaking about the challenges and conditions of today.

 

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