The daughter of Ghana’s first President and former chairman of the convention peoples party, Samia Nkrumah has urged Ghanaians especially the youth to ignore both the NDC and NPP debating whether or not Kwame Nkrumah is founder of Ghana.
According to Samia, the two major parties are using the issue of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah as the founder of Ghana to score cheap political points and to divert the attention of the people of Ghana away from the many pressing and real issues confronting the nation.
She was speaking in an exclusive interview on Good morning Africa on xliveafrica radio in Accra with Kwabena Bibini Tawiah ahead of the 108th birthday commemoration of Kwame Nkrumah’s birth which will also coincide with the launch of one of Nkrumah’s books.
The unending controversy surrounding Kwame Nkrumah and the founding of Ghana has been heightened recently by the President’s announcement of a new impending legislation to set aside August 4th as Ghana’s founders’ day while September 21st will be renamed Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day. This, some people see as a tacit attempt to obliterate the singular legacy of Kwame Nkrumah as founder of modern Ghana.
But the daughter of the man in question thinks differently from both the NDC and the NPP who are trying to out-do each other on this debate. According to Samia Nkrumah, whether Kwame Nkrumah is the founder of Ghana or not is an irrelevant debate that will not bring development to Ghana.
She explained further that the debate about her father being the only founder of Ghana or not is a deliberate attempt by NPP and NDC to impose themselves on the people of Ghana as the only political parties without merit.
She urged the Ghanaian youth to rather focus on how Ghana can attain economic independence to improve upon the lives of the people of Ghana and Africa at large.
“I’m pleading with the youth not to waste their time and energies debating on whether or not Nkrumah is the founder of Ghana instead, address urgent matters”.
She also encouraged Ghanaians to rather debate whether foreign investment is benefiting them.
“Is foreign investment benefiting us? Must we break free from I.M.F? Must we own a higher percentage of our natural resources? And not who is the founder of Ghana or not’’.
Story by: Abigail Nanaesi Amoah