Kwame Nkrumah: Hero

Topics: Ghana, Africa / Pages: 2 (646 words) / Published: Oct 13th, 2014
Simms Boateng
British Literature
30 September 2013
Kwame Nkrumah: Africa's "Man of the Millennium" Kwame Nkrumah became a worldwide symbol of freedom, as the leader of the first African country to regain independence from colonial rule. Nkrumah was an iconic figure of Africa and hero to many Ghanaians. Nkrumah's ambitious, forceful, decisive, independent, and strong-willed personality has impacted my athletic life as well as becoming a good Christian young man. Kwame Nkrumah's personality can be described as aggressive and confident. Nkrumah was comfortable in high pressure environments. In addition to Nkrumah's strong personality, his forward-looking and desire for success cultivated Nkrumah into the pioneer that Africa remember him for. On the subject of Nkrumah's personality, here is a quote from Nkrumah's book, I Speak for Freedom, that shows his goal orientated mind and desire for success: "Divided we are weak; united, Africa could become one of the greatest forces for good in the world. I believe strongly and sincerely that with the deep-rooted wisdom and dignity, the innate respect for human lives, the intense humanity that is our heritage, the African race, united under one federal government, will emerge not as just another bloc to flaunt its wealth and strength, but as a Great Power whose greatness is indestructible because it is built not on fear, envy and suspicion, nor won at the expense of others, but founded on hope trust, friendship and directed to the good of all mankind." "Show Boy" as Nkrumah was referred to, possessed both a charismatic and controversial personality. As a young man, Nkrumah was proclaimed himself as president of for life and was accused of actively promoting a cult of his own. Ironically, Nkrumah became Ghana's first leader by a land slot victory in 1952. Nkrumah's popularity was reflected through the nicknames he was given. The first nickname Nkrumah was hailed as the Osagyefo, which means redeemer, in

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