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Old 07-18-2018, 01:51 PM
 
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Kwame Nkrumah,the first president of Ghana,is known for promoting pan-Africanism. He fought for and brought about Ghana's independence making Ghana the first independent African country from colonialism. But a question needs to be asked. Was he actually a good leader after taking power? He seems to have become very authoritarian after becoming president of Ghana.

Anyway my broader question is was Nkrumah actually harmful to Africa as a whole? Nkrumah seems to have laid the blueprint for all the other bad African leaders who came after him. He was the first post colonial African president to do many of the bad things that have been associated with post colonial governments in Africa.

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But from the very beginning, there was never any true freedom, justice or independence in Ghana. The whole thing was a charade!! The country was soon put under the scourge of the Preventive Detention Act (PDA) in 1958, giving the president the power to put any citizen in prison without trial, and Nkrumah progressively tightened the noose of dictatorship around the country with further draconian laws. Eventually, no law existed in the country because Nkrumah became the law unto himself. He could imprison anybody without trial for as long as ten years. He could appoint and sack judges at will. He effectively abolished pluralistic democracy and made himself a life president with untrammeled powers to run the country as his personal property...

https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePa...umah-II-345191
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Old 07-18-2018, 01:58 PM
 
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Feel free to highlight any inaccuracies about Nkrumah in that article.
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Old 07-18-2018, 03:09 PM
 
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Well he’s an example of how it’s important to stay grounded because absolute power CAN corrupt absolutely. We need to be cognizant when studying history that these are just people and they are susceptible to all the same personality issues that we are. So even-though he became egotistical we can learn from it and use it to strengthen our communities from a leadership perspective and also from an accountability perspective from the governed to the governance.

Lastly, the continent has suffered from Dictatorships since a lot of these countries gained their “independence” but let’s not pretend as if the shadow of White Supremacy is not hovering over these countries. These dictators stay in power because they let European nations take the resources for pennies on the dollar. When African nations try to unify and nationalize they meet the fate of Ghaddafi.
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Old 07-18-2018, 11:03 PM
 
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These dictators stay in power because they let European nations take the resources for pennies on the dollar. When African nations try to unify and nationalize they meet the fate of Ghaddafi.
Well lets not prop up Ghaddafi. He was a dictator and had supported the warlords that ransacked Sierra Leone and Liberia.
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Old 07-19-2018, 04:29 AM
 
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Well lets not prop up Ghaddafi. He was a dictator and had supported the warlords that ransacked Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Who’s propping up Ghaddafi? Don’t start making up strawman arguments.
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Old 07-19-2018, 02:25 PM
 
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He didn't have a good economic vision. I think his Pan-Africanism in theory was laudable but impractical.
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