Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah Lives On

Ghanaians celebrated the 105th birthday of the country’s first President, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, on Sunday.

The day, September 21, was instituted as a public holiday in 2010, by the late President John Atta Mills to celebrate and honour the memory of Dr Nkrumah.

Designated the Founder’s Day, it is to immortalise the vision and ideals of the first President.

His charisma, vision and desire to see his country industrialise and prosper, and the zeal to unite Africa into a strong, prosperous continent which could influence decisions at the world stage, are ideals and visions that must remain in our thoughts, into the future.

It is for this reason that it behoves us to celebrate him, reminding ourselves of his efforts, particularly for Ghana.

For instance, his vision to industrialise the country to bring it at par with the developed world, and the establishment of factories all over the country, as well as the construction of the Akosombo dam to generate power for the smooth running of factories, are worth celebrating.

His opening up of the hinterlands for development, such as the construction of roads, hospitals and schools, colleges and universities still stand unmatched and place him uniquely above all our leaders.

As we celebrate his birthday, it is our wish that the country re-examines itself and takes a look at whether or not Nkrumah’s vision and ideals cannot be incorporated into the contemporary developmental agenda.

It is worth noting that 48 years after his overthrow, Dr Nkrumah’s legacies still live on; remarkably the Accra-Tema Motorway, the Tema township and harbour, universities and most importantly, the numerous secondary schools scattered across the country, are some of his monumental achievements.

His vision and ideals transcended our borders and impacted the world, culminating in his being named Africa’s Man of the Millennium in a worldwide poll by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), with the African Union (AU) erecting a giant statue of him at the new headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

While we acknowledge that Dr Nkrumah may have had his faults, it is nonetheless important to celebrate his enormous contributions to Ghana and the world.

His vision and ideals live on, and the best we can do to honour him is to adopt those relevant for our cause and time, and actualise them for the good of our people, Africa and the entire world.

Indeed, Osagyfo Dr Kwame Mkrumah still lives on!

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