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Title:Kwame Nkrumah and the African revolution
Author:Tunteng, P. Kiven
Year:1973
Periodical:Civilisations
Volume:23-24
Issue:3-4
Pages:233-247
Language:English
Geographic terms:Ghana
Africa
Subjects:politicians
pan-Africanism
About person:Francis Nwia Kofie Nkrumah (1909-1972)ISNI
Abstract:To Nkrumah, the African revolution was to be a political and a mental revolution at the same time. Two countries - the U.S.A. and the U.S.S.R. - fascinated Nkrumah mainly for one reason: they were products of revolution. The United States had from thirteen colonies developed into a preponderent force in world politics. The U.S.S.R. was not only a union of diverse nationality groups, but their energies had been harnessed to build a giant industrial power from what was a relatively backward country. To Nkrumah, a revolution could propel Africa through a similar transformation. In the end, Africa too could have its own equivalents of the British monarchy and the American flag. To achieve the latter, - he cultivated black symbols and came nearer to associating his person with the former. That was the revolution which Nkrumah had sketched, but whether it could be effected depended not so much on his vision as to the extent that it was favoured by real conditions. Why Nkrumah identified himself with the African revolution, and how he sought its realization, is critically examined in this paper. Notes, French summary.
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