The Ghanaian government has recently formed a committee to honour the memory of the late Dr.
CU Accra 1963. Nkrumah waves to crowd (3 shots)
SV 1965 Nkrumah and aides wave to crowd (2 shots)
MV Nkrumah welcomes Haile Selassie
MV Crowd and Nkrumah welcomes Nyerere (2 shots)
MV Nkrumah and officials
1973 CU Casely-Hayford, Chairman of Committee speaks PAN TO other members of Committee
1966, MV Nkrumah statue and cheering Africans (3 shots)
MR. CASELY-HAYFORD: "As the Commissioner for N.R.C. Affairs rightly pointed out in his inaugural address, this not an easy assignment in that Nkrumah was a political figure who in his hey-day, had a massive following and at the same time there were persons who were obdurate in their opposition to him. This Committee has not been called upon to pass judgement as to whether Nkrumah was a "hero" or a villain, but to make recommendations for a fitting memorial in view of the part he played in our struggle for independence, and his role in the struggle against racism and colonialism, and for the part he played as one of the champions of Pan Africanism. the purpose of this Committee has been confused in certain quarters with that of the Funeral Planning Committee. The later is a family affair purely concerned with the Customary rites to be performed in connection with the final obsequies of Dr. Nkrumah's funeral in the light also, of his installation before his death as Chief of Nkroful. To achieve our objective, this Committee of ours proposes to adopt the following procedures: "a. Any person who wishes to give real evidence will be allowed to do so in camera. Interested persons should submit their names to: The Secretary, Committee to Honour the Memory of Late Ex-President Nkrumah, P.O. Box 46, State House, Accra."
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Background: The Ghanaian government has recently formed a committee to honour the memory of the late Dr. Kwame Nkrumah for his contribution to the African struggle for independence.
An official statement released in april said that the memorial would also be in appreciation of his unique role as the architect of Ghana's independence and the formation of the Organisation of african Unity.
Dr. Nkrumah, whose real name was Francis Nwia Kofi, died on april 27 1972 in Bucharest, Rumania at the age of 63. He was for six years the President of Ghana -- from July 1 1960 when Ghana was proclaimed a Republic to february 1966.
Hailed by many of his countrymen as their "Osagyefo" (Redeemer), Dr. Nkrumah developed a personality cult within Ghana. But his popularity did not remain unchallenged.
From 1962 onwards he lived under heavy security protection. He escaped at least six attempts on his life and about a dozen conspiracies to overthrow him until he was finally deposed in February 1966 while on a trip to China. From that moment on until his death, he lived in exile in Conakry, the capital of Guinea. and it wasn't until June 9th 1972 that his body was buried in his home town of Nkroful, Ghana.
SYNOPSIS: Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was for six years President of Ghana...from July 1st 1960, when Ghana was proclaimed a Republic to February 1966, when he was deposed from office.
Hailed by many of his countrymen as their "Redeemer", Dr. Nkrumah developed a personality cult at home, and a political policy known as 'Nkrumaism". But his popularity did not remain unchallenged.
There were at least six attempts on his life, and a dozen conspiracies to overthrow him.
But recently a committee has been set up to honour his memory. Mr. Casely-Hayford, the Chairman, explains its purpose
Dr. Nkrumah is buried at his home town of Nkrumah is buried at his home town of Nkroful. And in creating a suitable memorial to the former President, it is fitting that he should be remembered as the architect of his country's independence and the formation of the Organisation of African Unity.