03-07-2010, 07:05 AM #1
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Kwame Nkrumah's 1957 Independence speech (comments)
March 6, 1957 -
At long last, the battle has ended! And thus, Ghana, your beloved country is free forever!
And yet again, I want to take the opportunity to thank the people fo this country; the youth, the farmers, the women who have so nobly fought and won the battle.
Also, I want to thank the valiant ex-service men who have so cooperated with me in this mighty task of freeing our country from foreign rule and imperialism.
And, as I pointed out... from now on, today, we must change our attitudes and our minds. We must realise that form now on we are no longer a colonial but free and independent people.
But also, as I pointed out, that also entails hard work. That new Africa is ready to fight his own battles and show that after all the black man is capable of managing his own affairs.
We are going to demonstrate to the world, to the other nations, hat we are prepared to lay our foundation - our own African personality.
As I said to the Assembly a few minutes ago, I made a point that we are going to create our own Africa personality and identity. It is the only way we can show the world that we are ready for our own battles
But today, may I call upon you all, that on this great day let us all remember that nothing can be done unless it has the purport and support of God.
We have won the battle and again rededicate ourselves ... OUR INDEPENDENCE IS MEANINGLESS UNLESS IT IS LINKED UP WITH THE TOTAL LIBERATION OF AFRICA.
Let us now, fellow Ghanaians, let us now ask for God's blessing for only two seconds, and in your thousands and millions. I want to ask you to pause for only one minute and give thanks to Almighty God for having led us through our difficulties, imprisonments, hardships and sufferings, to have brought us to our end of troubles today. One minute silence.
Ghana is free forever! And here I will ask the band to play the Ghana National Anthem.
Reshaping Ghana's destiny, I am depending on the millions of the country, and the chiefs and the people, to help me to reshape the destiny of this country. We are prepared to pick it up and make it a nation that will be respected by every nation in the world. We know were going to have difficult beginnings, but again, I am relying n your support.... I am relying upon your hard work.
Seeing you in this... It doesn't matter how far my eyes go, I can see that you are here in your millions. And my last warning to you is that you are to stand firm behind us so that we can prove to the world that when the African is given a chance, he can show the world that he is somebody!
We have awakened. We will not sleep anymore. Today, from now on, there is a new African in the world!
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03-07-2010, 07:41 AM #2
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Re: Kwame Nkrumah's 1957 Independence speech (comments)
"At long last, the battle has ended! And thus, Ghana, your beloved country is free forever!"
"We have won the battle and again rededicate ourselves ... OUR INDEPENDENCE IS MEANINGLESS UNLESS IT IS LINKED UP WITH THE TOTAL LIBERATION OF AFRICA."
"We have awakened. We will not sleep anymore. Today, from now on, there is a new African in the world!"
These were the words of Kwame Nkrumah. Yesterday (March 6th), Ghana celebrated it's 53rd Independence anniversary. The 'Black Star', the 'Hope of Africa' (Ghana's motto), cast off (overt) European Imperial rule 53 years ago through efforts started by the likes of J. B. Danquah but were brought to fruition by Nkrumah. Present at the Independence celebrations 53 years ago were Martin Luther King Jr. with his wife Scott and Dr. Ralph J. Bunche.
We all know that Nkrumah had a great vision for a pan-Afrikan state: All Black peoples of the continent united as one, as it should be, yet maintaining their respective traditions and cultures.
So, where did Kwame Nkrumah go wrong? Some may say that in spite of all the good he did he went wrong on a number of issues, but I think there is one crucial point that Nkrumah missed, which is that going solo makes it easier for Yurugu to 'take you out', as the CIA and their secret controllers did to Nkrumah. These controllers did not want all of Afrika to be united, it would have been too difficult and unpredictable for them to control and manipulate. Right around 1960 was an ideal time for this pan-Afrikan state to have been formed. There was a wave of change engulfing Afrika. The controllers then went into full geer, eliminating intellectuals and statesmen and replacing them with military stooges, in the series of 70's coup d'etats all over Afrika that followed the first one in Ghana in 1966.
I think Nkrumah should have institutionalized his ideas by creating a liberation group of like-minded intellectuals, spiritualists, military people, artists and many others.
The AsantefoO had a battle cry which said "Asante kOtOkO, wo kum apem a, apem bEba!", which translates as "Asante porcupine, if you kill one thousand, one thousand more will come!". Nkrumah and Lumumba were "easy pickings" for Yurugu because they (seemingly) stood alone.
Now creating a group of like-minded folk to champion an ideal is not a perfect solution, such groups are prone to infiltration by traitors, they are prone to assassination sagas and the like. They are also prone power struggles and to disgruntled individuals acting out in their interests. Yet I think it depends on how such a group is formed and what ideals members of such a group hold. The (in)famous Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is well protected by his female body guards (death dealers) and has been able to survive western assassination attempts for decades. The mental training that is reported to be given to these women is amazing. A similar thing can be said of the North Korean leader and of the Castro regime in Cuba.
In contemporary times, we've seen that Hugh Chavez has been smart enough to have a solid intelligence corps that has so far stood against US-CIA trouble makers. Iranian intel is also quite strong. Recent US-CIA troublemaker antics have failed to usurp that regime. These guys are still playing the same old game of control-domination, it's sometimes unbelievable. Obama then goes to Ghana and makes a 'beautiful' speech, saying that the US does not interfere with other governments. What a big lie!
Nkrumah should have had similar protection in his time, but he was not a military man. He was an intellectual-statesman-visionary. The back-handed tactics used by these western troublemakers should be studied by all potential Afrikan visionary leaders. They should avoid the mistakes of Nkrumah and Lumumba.
So here we are today, a loose group of Afrikans interested in Black liberation and advancement. This is a great place to be, among some of us are potential leaders, policy makers, intellectuals, musicians, artists, strategists, healers, diviners, visionaries and more. This needs to keep growing, and growing and growing. Powerful Black leaders capable of enacting change will in future have to pay attention to the 'human resources' available to them in groups like this one. They need to find a way to protect themselves. They need to establish viable, well organized and sustainable institutions to propagate ideals, so that ideas fueling ideals do not end with one individual but can be transmitted, developed and brought to fruition generation after generation.
Yet what has started by our Nananom Nsamanfo will be continued by us, by this generation. It is our time.
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