Former President John Dramani Mahama has spoken the minds of majority of Ghanaians, putting Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first president, in a richly deserving pride of place as ‘Founder of Modern Ghana,’ and eulogizing him as such.
In a post on his Facebook timeline yesterday, President Mahama underscored that Nkrumah’s iconic reputation is a global phenomenon that people the world over attest to.
“On the 21st day of September, I join millions all over the world to remember Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah- the Founder of Ghana, a global icon and the BBC Listeners “Man of the Millennium.””
The former President, who could not join a solidarity walk by his party, the NDC, in the cause of giving Nkrumah his proper place in history, also adlibbed public opinion that Osagyefo catalyzed Ghana, and Africa’s attainment of independence from colonialism.
“Osagyefo’s emergence as the Founder of modern Ghana and an international symbol of freedom was not by accident. He was a Pan-Africanist, a philosopher, a writer, and a visionary who matched his words with actions. His towering personality is still recognized in Ghana and beyond.”
President Mahama’s take comes at a time that the NPP government has changed Founder’s Day, from Nkrumah’s birthday on 21st September, to a so called Founders’ Day on the 4th of August, which is seen as an attempt to honor founding fathers of the NPP, especially President Akufo-Addo’s uncle, J.B. Danquah and his father, Edward Akufo-Addo.
President Mahama described the tinker with Ghana’s history as a “dark irony.”
“It remains a dark irony of our history that, the very political tradition which conspired to truncate his unparalleled vision on 24th February 1966, is today seeking to revise Ghana’s history,” President Mahama said.
He added that, “the song “Kwame Nkrumah never dies” has proved true not in the sense of his immortality but in the fact that his name will continue to be written in letters of gold whenever the history of Ghana, Africa and the world is recounted.
“It is an indisputable fact that Nkrumah was the critical spark that put Ghana on a high velocity path to independence,” President Mahama wrote, before adding for good measure, “Happy Founder’s Day Fellow Ghanaian.”
His “Founder’s Day” was with the apostrophe after the “r,” not the “s.”