Today officially marks the 60th anniversary of Ghana’s independence the first Indigenous AFRICAN country to gain its sovereign powers and so I thought it was apt to revisit and reflect upon Dr Kwame Nkrumah’s reign and the subsequent years following it.
What happened in Ghana and what is its future. With the election of the new NPP formed government headed by president Nana Ado I thought this was timely.
I have been blown away by two documentaries that I recently found on YouTube documenting in descriptive detail Nkrumah’s reign and legacy and the economic development of the country post independence. The first is called Africa’s Black Star – The Rise and Fall of Kwame Nkrumah and the second An Economic History Of Ghana. Both documentaries were independently produced (An Economic History Of Ghana was done by Ghanaians by The Centre for Intellectual Renewal with very little western involvement besides four interviewees in the films (2 in each.)
The main interviewees include historians, activists, academics, ghanaian politicians (both current and former), economic experts and entrepreneurs. This impressed me as it is rare to find as such on the internet. The first documentary I came across on this subject was basically a hit piece on Nkrumah (oddly first aired in the 90’s) and therefore I will not even mention its name!
Although they are difficult to find (well for me anyway!) it’s worth doing the digging and the research to find true accounts of OUR history.
The two pieces describe how complex the conditions were and still ARE post independence and that no one man could possibly solve them they gave a comprehensive account on his interactions with the west and communists states and how both worked against him and Ghana, his economic polices that were technically beholden to world affairs i.e the cold war and commodity prices and to be fair, expose his naivety whilst dealing with the powers that be, and also exposes the challenging psychological and economic reality of being pan- african in an environment of colonial rule, that still permeated in and around west africa at the time and frankly to this day.
Please watch and support these documentaries that tell OUR stories form OUR perspective at a crucial time in Africa’s history and Ghana’s in particular and hopefully we will all be better informed on how to move forward in our discourse concerning the continent and most importantly solving our own problems.
What was very revealing about both docs is that the Ghanaians know what the problems a are and the solution will be n infrastructure programs, production (manufacturing value added goods, and services) supporting enterprise and agribusiness so why are they not finding progressive ways to implement them?
Here are the links to both documentaries which again I highly recommend you watch. The 2nd is in 3 parts.
Also, if you are interested in pan-africanism there is also a good documentary that I found about it and its practical challenges in Africa today by africandocs
Hope you enjoy but also learn some vital information to move forward- I did!