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Title:Muslim Participation in the Independence Struggle of the Gold Coast
Author:Balogun, S.U.
Periodical:Journal of the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs
Geographic term:Ghana
national liberation movements
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Religion and Witchcraft
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/02666958708716026
Abstract:Discussion of Muslim participation in Ghana's independence struggle, paying attention to the founding, in 1954, of the Muslim Association Party (MAP), the general elections of 1956 which were won with an overwhelming majority by Nkrumah's Convention Peoples Party, the merging of the MAP and the NLM (National Liberation Movement) to form the United Party in 1957, and the subsequent deportation of several Muslim leaders by the CPP government. Conclusion is that the efforts of the United Party to combat the dictatorial tendencies of the Nkrumah government were doomed to failure. The two parties which jointly formed the UP were at best an odd couple - one dominated by Western-educated Christians, the other by traditional Muslim scholars. However, although both failed in their political objective, their brief association lent vigour to political opposition in Ghana and insofar as the MAP was concerned it received through this merger a degree of recognition across the nation. Ref.