It was a piece of extreme good fortune for the ordinary people of the Gold Coast, that as a result of a recommendation made to his colleagues by Mr. Ako Adjei, the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC), paid for Dr. Kwame Nkrumah's passage back from the UK, to the Gold Coast - and employed him as its general secretary, upon his return. For, if the ruling elite of the traditional societies of the pre-colonial era, had had the slightest inkling, that Nkrumah was an egalitarian, who would end up demanding for a post-colonial multi-party democracy, which was based on universal adult suffrage, they would never have countenanced his return (on 16th December 1947 ) to the Gold Coast, under any circumstances.
The intention of those quislings of old, who held sway then, and were forever toadying to the British colonialists (as do their political progeny today, to Ghana's sly and ruthless neo-colonial exploiters - and with such annoying enthusiasm too, one should add!), was to step directly into the shoes of the British colonialists, whenever those super exploiters deigned it fit to depart from the shores of the Gold Coast. To that end, they devised a devious plan, which, had they succeeded in implementing, would have enabled them to permanently enslave the ordinary people of the Gold Coast, after the departure of the colonialists.
Their ultimate goal, in negotiating the transfer of power from the British colonialists, was to regain as much of the absolute power, which their predecessors had wielded, before the smooth-talking British colonialists outwitted them, and succeeded in imposing colonial rule, on what had more or less been the personal feudal fiefdoms, of those predecessors of theirs. Their dream, was that they would become the permanent ruling elite, and lord it over the ordinary people of the new federal nation, which they hoped they would succeed in replacing the colonial state of the Gold Coast, with.
And the instrument of permanent control, which they hoped to make that dream a reality, was to ensure that voting was restricted to property owners and wage earners - effectively disenfranchising a vast majority of ordinary people. And that, dear reader, is the origin, of that much-favoured phrase of today's hypocrites: "property-owning democracy" - bandied about so often by them, to hoodwink the innocents abroad, in our midst!Had they succeeded in their aim, of establishing their property-owning democracy then, dear reader, the course of our history, would have been so different.
And instead of the united African nation-state of today, in which virtually every extended family has, through either marriage or blood ties, a relation from at least three or four of the various ethnic groups in Ghana, in it, we would be in a situation, where periodically, we would experience the horrific pogroms of the kind that erupted in Rwanda almost a decade ago - as the ethnic majority in the various ethnically-based states in the federation, embarked on ethnic-cleansing of the "foreigners" in their midst - to purify their society and cleanse it of "filthy foreigners." Their disdain for "outsiders" was the reason Danquah disparaged Nkrumah's regime by saying it had "Ntafuo" in it - whiles Busia, not to be outdone, at a point in time, said some of Nkrumah's ministers, would not be fit to be even messengers, in a regime run by him!
And as a foretaste of things to come, had Nkrumah not appeared on the scene, dear reader: For years, Dr. Danquah and his half-brothers Nana Ofori-Atta 1 and his successor Nana Ofori-Atta11, terrorised the Krobos; Akwapims; Northerners; Ga; Juaben; Ewe; and Kwahus, who had long been settled in Akim Abuakwa: forever issuing arbitrary edicts of one kind or the other - even though, as the Akyem saying has it: " Abuakwa ebetwuu Akyem" (meaning, dear reader, that: "the Abuakwa's met us - Akyems - here, when they first set foot on Akyem soil"). Amazingly for a man whose political progeny would have ordinary Ghanaians believe, was a true democrat, Danquah, together with Nana Ofori-Atta11, warned, at a meeting of the Akyem Abuakwa State Council, on the 1st of September 1955, that heirs to traditional stools, and members of Ofori Panyin Fie, would be viewed as committing high treason against Akim Abuawka, if they supported the Convention Peoples Party!
And upon pain of destoolment, if they did not support Dr. Danquah and the National Liberation Movement (NLM) in the forthcoming elections, the 140 traditional rulers in Akim Abuakwa, were made to swear the great oath of Akim Abuakwa, and ordered to vote for Dr. Danquah and the NLM. However, seeing an opportunity to finally put a nail in the coffin of feudalism, and bury it for good, ordinary people throughout the Gold Coast (including ordinary Akyems and Abuakwas - who voted in favour of Kofi Asante Oforo-Atta: and against the elitist and autocratic Danquah!), voted massively for the CPP, in the ensuing general election of 1956.
The defeated elitist cabal that wanted to deny ordinary people the vote, never forgave Nkrumah for handing down such a crushing defeat to them - and ridding our country of the miasma that their feudalistic ambitions represented, at the
time.It is not therefore surprising, that today, some of the political descendants of Danquah, who, like their political forebears before them, have a world-view and mindset, which neither sees nor comprehends, life, beyond the ramparts of the bastions of tribalism (significantly, about the only thing, which they have been successful in rebuilding, in the period of time they have been in power for, thus far! ), simply cannot resist the opportunity to belittle the achievements of a man, universally regarded as a true African hero and visionary, and one of the towering figures of the 20th century, whenever it presents itself to them.
Yet, Nkrumah dwarfed all his contemporaries - and is regarded throughout the world as a colossus of history!And the irony was lost on discerning Ghanaians, who listened to the philistines amongst our current rulers, pouring insults on Nkrumah, at the ceremony, held to mark the start of the Bui Dam project, that had the man whom they were insulting (and who spent huge amounts of money during his tenure, to create a truly world class scientific community, in Ghana), been alive today, he would, based on the advice of Ghana's scientists, never have made the grave error of judgement, of choosing to build a hydroelectric dam, at a time of climate change!
And today, these little minds, because our country has become a nation that worships at the cult of the mediocre, now fancy themselves as Nkrumah's equals - just because they are lucky to occupy a position once held by him: forgetting that Nkrumah's equal has not yet been born. How can politicians who cannot even understand that climate change has rendered hydro-power generation plants, which utilises dams for the generation of electric power, as inefficient models of the business of power generation, compare themselves to Nkrumah?
A Spanish power company, dear reader, recently handed over a 1,250 MW thermal plant that utilises gas, to the Mexican government. It was built at a cost of US$400 million, for a nation, which has installed power generation capacity of over 50,000MW! And yet politicians, who caught the wanderlust bug from their predecessors, just shortly after assuming power in January 2001 (and appear not to have succeeded in shaking it off, yet!), are crowing about building a hydroelectric dam, which will seldom be able to produce at full capacity during its lifespan, because of the effects of climate change on weather patterns today, and which is going to cost the hapless Ghanaian taxpayer, some 620 US$ million- and are happy to tell the ordinary people, whose taxes pay for their favourite pastime, of frequently venturing into foreign parts (as leaders of the world's leading superpower in begging-bowl diplomacy!), that their travels around the planet Earth, do indeed yield results. Incredible!
Well, let them continue to insult Nkrumah, dear reader, instead of thinking outside the box: and using their imagination to solve the myriad of problems, which continue to bedevil ordinary Ghanaians - who, doubtless, will turf them out of office very soon, in December 2008. Like their predecessors before them, they too, are on the wrong side of history. The man who they love to heap insults on at every opportunity they get, will be remembered by future generations of Ghanaians and Africans till the very end of time - long after they and their political forebears, have sunk into oblivion, and been forgotten. Period. Hmm, Ghana. Asem ebaba debi! May God bless and protect our homeland Ghana always. Long live Ghana! Long live freedom! Long live Nkrumah! Kofi Thompson can be reached by email at: email@example.com and by text message on: + 233 27 745 3109.