Kwame Nkrumah

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The independence of Ghana is meaningless until it is linked to the total liberation of Africa.

Kwame Nkrumah (21 September 1909 – 27 April 1972) was the leader of Ghana from 1951 to 1966. He was the first President of Ghana then Gold Coast and also the first prime minister of Ghana. He was one of the main six leaders who fought for the independence of Ghana.

Quotes[edit]

  • Capitalism is too complicated a system for a newly independent nation. Hence the need for a socialistic society.
    • The autobiography of Kwame Nkrumah (1957), p. x.
  • We cannot tell our peoples that material benefits in growth and modern progress are not for them. If we do, they will throw us out and seek other leaders who promise more … We have to modernize. Either we shall do so with the interest and support of the West or we shall be compelled to turn elsewhere. This is not a warning or a threat, but a straight statement of political reality.
    • Quoted in Canadian Institute of International Affairs International journal, Volumes 13-14 (1957), p. 160.
  • Capitalism is a development by refinement from feudalism just as feudalism is a development by refinement from slavery. Capitalism is but the gentleman's method of slavery.
    • Quoted in The Jewel of Africa, Vol. 1 (1968), p. 22.
  • The difference between myself and Castro is that I am not aligned and he is; I am a socialist and he is a communist.
    • Quoted in Asiaweek, Vol. 5 (1979), p. 28.
  • The independence of Ghana is meaningless until it is linked to the total liberation of Africa.
    • Quoted in A. E. Ekoko, Margaret A. Vogt, Nigerian defence policy: issues and problems (1990), p. 55.
  • Freedom
  • As long as we are ruled by others we shall lay our mistakes at their door, and our sense of responsibility will remain dulled. Freedom brings responsibilities, and our experience can be enriched only by the acceptance of these responsibilities.
  • Without discipline true freedom cannot survive. Quoted in The Autobiography of Kwame Nkrumah

Contributed By Emmanuel Anthony Owusu Kwateng Jr.

  • Politics
  • Seek ye first the political kingdom and all things shall be added unto you.

Contributed By Emmanuel Anthony Owusu Kwateng Jr.Quoted in The Autobiography of Kwame Nkrumah

  • Power
  • Never in the history of the world has an alien ruler granted self-rule to a people on a silver platter.

Contributed By Emmanuel Anthony Owusu Kwateng Jr.Quoted in The Autobiography of Kwame Nkrumah

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