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Kwame Nkrumah

Geburtstag: 21. September 1909
Todesdatum: 27. April 1972

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Kwame Nkrumah war ein ghanaischer Politiker. Er war der erste Präsident Ghanas.

Mit der Forderung Independence now! führte Kwame Nkrumah die britische Kronkolonie Goldküste unter dem Namen Ghana am 6. März 1957 als eines der ersten afrikanischen Länder in die Unabhängigkeit . Während seines Aufenthalts in den USA und in London kam er mit den Ideen des Panafrikanismus in Berührung und wurde zu einem der wichtigsten Sprecher der panafrikanischen Bewegung.

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„Capitalism is but the gentleman's method of slavery“

—  Kwame Nkrumah
Context: 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.

„We in Ghana, are committed to the building of an industrialized socialist society. We cannot afford to sit still and be mere passive onlookers. We must ourselves take part in the pursuit of scientific and technological research as a means of providing the basis for our socialist society, Socialism without science is void. …“

—  Kwame Nkrumah
"Speech delivered by Osagyefo the President at the Laying of the Foundation Stone of Ghana's Atomic Reactor at Kwabenya on 25th November, 1964". As quoted ny E. A. Haizel in Education in Ghana, 1951 – 1966, in Arhin (1992), The Life and Work of Kwame Nkrumah.

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„I was introduced to the great philosophical systems of the past to which the Western universities have given their blessing, arranging and classifying them with the delicate care lavished on museum pieces. When once these systems were so handled, it was natural that they should be regarded as monuments of human intellection. And monuments, because they mark achievements at their particular point in history, soon become conservative in the impression which they make on posterity. I was introduced to Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Marx and other immortals, to whom I should like to refer as the university philosophers. But these titans were expounded in such a way that a student from a colony could easily find his breast agitated by Conflicting attitudes. These attitudes can have effects which spread out over a whole society, should such a student finally pursue a political life. A colonial student does not by origin belong to the intellectual history in which the university philosophers are such impressive landmarks. The colonial student can be so seduced by these attempts to give a philosophical account of the universe, that surrenders his whole personality to them. When he does this, he loses sight of the fundamental social fact that he is a colonial subject. In this way, he omits to draw from his education and from the concern displayed by the great philosophers for human problems, anything which he might relate to the very real problem of colonial domination, which, as it happens, conditions the immediate life of every colonized African. With single-minded devotion, the colonial student meanders through the intricacies of the philosophical systems. And yet these systems did aim at providing a philosophical account ofthe world in the circumstances and conditions of their time. For even philosophical systems are facts of history. By the time, however, that they come to be accepted in the universities for exposition, they have lost the vital power which they had at their first statement, they have shed their dynamism and polemic reference. This is a result of the academic treatment which they are given. The academic treatment is the result of an attitude to philosophical systems as though there was nothing to them hut statements standing in logical relation to one another. This defective approach to scholarship was suffered hy different categories of colonial student. Many of them had heen handpicked and, so to say, carried certificates ofworthiness with them. These were considered fit to become enlightened servants of the colonial administration. The process by which this category of student became fit usually started at an early age, for not infrequently they had lost contact early in life with their traditional background. By reason of their lack of contact with their own roots, they became prone to accept some theory of universalism, provided it was expressed in vague, mellifluous terms. Armed with their universalism, they carried away from their university courses an attitude entirely at variance with the concrete reality of their people and their struggle. When they came across doctrines of a combative nature, like those of Marxism, they reduced them to arid abstractions, to common-room subtleties. In this way, through the good graces oftheir colonialist patrons, these students, now competent in the art of forming not a concrete environmental view of social political problems, but an abstract, 'liberal' outlook, began to fulfil the hopes and expectations oftheir guides and guardians.“

—  Kwame Nkrumah
Consciencism (1964), Introduction, pp. 2-4.

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

—  Kwame Nkrumah
Quoted in A. E. Ekoko, Margaret A. Vogt, Nigerian defence policy: issues and problems https://books.google.com/books?hl=es&id=G1ksAAAAYAAJ&dq=Nigerian+defence+policy%3A+issues+and+problems&focus=searchwithinvolume&q=The+independence+of+Ghana+is+meaningless+until+it+is+linked+to+the+total+liberation+of+Africa. (1990), p. 55.

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