Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, born on 21 September 1909 and died on 27 April 1972 was a Ghanaian politician and revolutionary.
He was the first Prime Minister and President of Ghana, having led the Gold Coast(now Ghana) to independence from Britain in 1957.
After twelve years abroad pursuing higher education, developing his political philosophy and ideology, and organizing with other diasporic pan-Africanists, Nkrumah returned to the Gold Coast(now Ghana) to begin his political career as an advocate of national independence(freedom and justice).
He formed the Convention People’s Party, which achieved rapid success through its unprecedented appeal to the common voter.
He became Prime Minister in 1952 and retained the position when Ghana declared independence from Britain in 1957.
In 1960, Ghanaians approved a new constitution and elected Nkrumah President.
5. A good influential advocate of many organization
Being an influential advocate of pan-Africanism, Nkrumah was a founding member of the Organization of African Unity and winner of the Lenin Peace Prize from the Soviet Union in 1962.
He showcase the supreme power of a leader through his bravery act.
4.He was primarily socialist as well as nationalist
It funded national industrial and energy projects, developed a strong national education system and promoted a pan-Africanist culture.
Under Nkrumah, Ghana played a leading role in African international relations during the decolonization period.
3. Proactive & Problem Solving.
One of the challenges confronting Africa today is the ability in problem solving . Political leaders of today often specialize in talking and not acting.
They influence people to vote them into power and now focus on their personal interests.
They complain and blame instead of solving problems.
But Dr Kwame Nkrumah’s way of problems solving was as such.
Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was different. He was proactive and focused on solving all problems to achieve his vision for Ghana.
While the UGCC party was also preaching independence to Ghanaians, his key promise was “Independence NOW!”
He was proactive and dealt with all problems to make the vision a reality!
2. Patriotic & Selfless
Great leaders put the needs of their people above their needs.
They understand that when they serve their people first, their people will intend serve them.
They focus on improving, developing and contributing towards the development of their people.
Seek for International Sovereignty
Nkrumah politely stood up for states to make laws and control resources without coercion of other nations.
The essence of Neo-colonialism is that the State which is subject to it is, in theory, independent and has all the outward trappings of international sovereignty.
In reality its economic system and thus its political policy is directed from outside.