‘Forward ever, backward never’ …and the present state of Ghana

The above quota­tion which forms part of the caption of this article is a slogan in retrospect of Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, the first presi­dent of Ghana of blessed memory and his C.P.P Government which he led during the 1960’s of Gha­na’s youthful days as a nation.

Soon after gaining political independence on 6th March, 1957 from British Colonial rule and exploitation, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah and his defunct Conven­tion People’s Party (C.P.P) set on the March of the country towards the achievement of economic growth development and prosper­ity.

During those early days of Ghana’s strides in her developmen­tal process, one could observe the above quotation inscribed boldly on all the vans of the Convention People’s Party (C.P.P).

In fact, this served as inspiration to all Ghanaians; and fired them to rally behind and support the Con­vention People’s Party government of Dr Nkrumah for the nation’s developmental efforts.

This quotation which was a political slogan was often uttered by the leader of the C.P.P Gov­ernment, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah himself and many other stalwarts of the C.P.P Party during their political rallies.

That was a positive big political slogan as a driving force to mo­bilise all Ghanaians into action of nation building.

One may pose the pertinent question: How has this landmarked political slogan influenced and contributed to the developmen­tal aspirations of the country up to the present time? Is it commendable or non-com­mendable?

One may answer this ques­tion with mixed feelings, Ghana still survives as a nation. She is yet to make any significant impact in her developmental aspirations as at now.

Had the above quoted political slogan of Dr Nkrumah and his C.P.P Government been allowed to endure and to influence succes­sive governments after Nkrumah and his C.P.P government, Ghana would be indeed glowing with her present level of economic growth development and prosperity.

Unfortunately, this had not been so, as there had been four inter­mittent military coup de tats in the annals of the country, which had negated and set back the clock of progress of the country in the con­text and meaning of this memora­ble slogan of Dr. Nkrumah and his defunct C.P.P government.

To me, “forward ever, backward never” was a brilliant political slo­gan for the developmental aspira­tions of the country which had not become influential and effective enough to accelerate the develop­mental process of the country as Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and his C.P.P government had envisioned.

As Ghana still survives, this political slogan must be made to work practically to fire the present generation of political leaders for stability in the democratic gover­nance of the country.

Since Ghana is the star of Africa and blessed like America, the “for­ward ever backward never” slogan can be made to work just as how it had worked for America since her attainment of Political indepen­dence from British Colonial rule and exploitation on July 4, 1776.

America had never experienced any break-ups by any means; but had been continually stable with democratic system of governance in her developmental aspirations as a nation up to the present time.

This healthy and ideal state of affairs had been accountable for America’s great and powerful stature in world affairs today; an amazing and stupendous wealth development, power and prosper­ity.

This is a true implication and reflection of the “forward ever, backward never” political slogan which had been frustrated in the Ghanaian situation!

In addition, America as a nation had been deeply immersed and influenced by the enduring motto: “In God We Trust”

In conclusion, I assert that “forward ever, backward never” political slogan must be allowed to work and to influence in the present Ghanaian situation with her developmental aspirations such as the present ongoing one, Ghana Beyond Aid Agenda.

And Ghana will find herself in the right track to enhance her de­velopmental aspirations to benefit the country tremendously; for the rest of Africa to emulate.

[The writer is a Theatre Critic]


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