Only mad 60-year
olds fault Kwame Nkrumah for Ghana's dev't quagmire
By: Prof Lungu
May 30, 2016
"...I am trained to be objective and resolute...The
shrewd Lee Kwan Yew kept himself in power amidst
strong opposition at home, just like Dr. Nkrumah,
and prevailed upon his enemies to transform his
country from a third world to first world
country...The question we all should ask ourselves
is, how come CPP, a party of that won two elections
hands down...has been reduced to a rump spectacle in
Ghana politics...Nkrumah failed in many fronts -
politically and economically...Where is OAU today?
Where is Ghana, Guinea, Mali confederation today?
People of Ghana supported the CIA induced coup
mainly because of economic hardship at the
time...Ghana's tax structure which was the bait to
attract foreign investors was non-existent, and is
still the case today...Nkrumah himself never paid
taxes as far as we know...Ghana is still losing
millions in revenue leakage. Had Nkrumah set the
tone for taxation, how could Rawlings have enshrined
it in Ghana's constitution that Presidents are
exempt from paying taxes....", (Kwabena Yeboah,
comments to Prof Lungu, May, 2016).
can also be trained to be resolute and objective, to
dog owner and stranger, alike, practically!
As we've said more than once, these essay are for a
particular class of individuals and the corrupt
institutions they support and champion. As such, it
ain't about Kwbena Yeboah, per se, bizarre and
unfair as his arguments are to the work of Kwame
It is a lot more important than
At 60 years old by our rounding
privilege, one ought to be more boastful about the
number of young ones mentored, those being mentored,
the societal and positive effects on transference to
others you do not even know, by your deed.
Parading objectivity on your forehead while at the
same time ascribing every conceivable Ghanaian
problem worth measuring on Dr. Kwame Nkrumah today,
even Rawlings indemnity clause, and the high
executive tax-free racket, all that do not objective
Never mind, if Kwabena Yeboah was
truly objective, he would have reported that those
Rawlings schemes are nowhere in the 1957
Constitution, or even in the 1960 Constitution under
which Kwame Nkrumah became President of Ghana. But,
he never bother to check, he does not care, or he is
more interested in propaganda.
And so, Rip
Van Winkle has now come full circle!
your effective self, now reduced to blaming time for
the stuff your "training" never prepared you to
Fairness is a human attribute
that even dogs understand.
We present data
and facts "trained" dogs can't even understand, and
you refuse to interrogate the data.
refuse to present your own, as you dig into your
solitary corner hurling all kinds of invectives at
You are under a contract, yet your
words are naturally a poor reflection on whoever
awarded you the contract you claim to have won, if
you have a modicum of reflection in you. Your
"peer-reviewed" paper also informs the world,
objectively, that you did not actually write the
paper by your solitary damn self, being a reflection
of you and your "peers".
And we have written
and reviewed some of those too!
important documents and communiqués!
on further, the only significant external challenge
that Lee Kwan Yew of Singapore faced was the one
from President Sukarno of Indonesia. When Sukarno
resigned in March of 1966, Mr. Yew had no hands in
that at all. It was a benefit bestowed on Yew, by
Kwame Nkrumah's CPP government
was overthrown the previous month, in February, the
And we are supposed to understand
that the Kwabena Yeboah's are erudite
"intellectuals", in their attempts to hologram Kwame
Nkrumah's image and record on their wicked,
ungrateful, and unforgiving "property owning"
It was colonial over-lord Gordon
Guggisberg who built Takoradi Harbor!
Kwame Nkrumah never built anything but waste Ghana's
Nice try loving your selves and
Dear reader, many individuals confuse
our project for Kwame Nkrumah with support for the
CPP of today, or a quarter century ago. One has
nothing to do with the other. One does not have to
be too intelligent to know that never in our work,
not anywhere, have we made a case for today's CPP.
But, why wise and reflective "intellectuals"
the likes of Kwabene Yeboah do not know the reason
the CPP of Ghana "has been reduced to a rump
spectacle in Ghana politics," confirms again that
the Kwabena Yeboahs are indeed living in the world
of Rip Van Winkle.
THE LAST WE HEARD IT
UNDERSCORED RECENTLY, IT WAS ADOLESCENT GHANAIAN
STUDENTS WHO OBSERVED THAT, AT THEIR AGE, KWAME
NKRUMAH IS THE ONLY LEADER FROM GHANA WHOSE IMAGE,
RECORDS, AND ACHIEVEMENTS FOR GHANA, HAVE BEEN
BANISHED FROM SCHOOL TEXTBOOKS ALL ACROSS GHANA.
And it does not take a rocket scientist to
understand the linkage to the question our Kwabena
Yeboah wants answers to. All they need to do is take
a look outside, at the Texas School Board in the
United States, and the adoption of "text" in public
And of course, the
outlawing of the CPP itself by the original coup
plotters, and those who followed, for generations.
Yes, Kwame Nkrumah is the only leader from
Ghana whose image, records, and achievements have
effectively been banished from school textbooks all
So, sir, go mentor those
adolescents, and many more like them, and promise to
do right by those conscious and intelligent
Go fetch that, "trained" Kwabena
Take your case elsewhere.
Still moving forward, our group of 60-year olds
(some promoted to "age" by rounding privilege as
we've noted), are arguing as if the "CIA induced
coup" (this is the first time our Kwabena Yeboah has
mentioned the "CIA" in almost a month of
back-and-forth), was broadcast as such. It is as if
the event was broadcast all over Ghanaian and
African radio, television, and newspaper headlines,
when Kwame Nkrumah's government was overthrown in
Obviously, that was never the case,
unless you are Rip Van Winkle!
Ankrah-Harlley-Kotoka-Nunoo traitor bunch did not
announce to Ghanaians that the "CIA induced coup"
was in fact "induced" by the Johnson CIA. And they
had every opportunity to do that the same week, even
in Addis Ababa, just as the OAU was getting ready to
meet, in 1966.
But they didn't!
there are official records that prove that the
Johnson government cajoled many African Heads of
State, from Liberia, to Ethiopia, to swiftly support
publicly the coup plotters, before the US did, just
so the People of Ghana, Africans, and the World,
would not know that, that original coup on Ghana was
actually a "CIA induced coup".
to Singapore, if we must repeat, Lee Kwan Yew,
brilliant as he was, owned his successes in part to
the resignation of President Sukarno, which he did
not have a hand in. Yew owned his success in part to
the fact that the first most critical aggressive
actions taken against the Singapore opposition,
against so-called communist and socialists, against
even members of Yew's own PAP party, were actually
conducted and accomplished by another individual,
before Yew even won an election. Yew owned his
success in part because of the location of Singapore
(i.e. geo-political factors). Singapore was an
"island". Ghana never was. Yew owned his success in
part to the idea the British built a more
substantive military and industrial base in
Singapore, and the almost 50% higher GDP per capita
for Singapore at the start, compared to Ghana, is a
testament, as we've discussed previously. (How does
that mean we said Singapore was "industrialized"
those early years?).
But, the United States
already had Liberia, in West Africa, and their
So, what use,
Ghana, to President Johnson's CIA?
even as Johnson battled racists in the south of the
United States as he expended capital to help enact
the Civil Rights act; as Martin Luther King and his
conscience prodded him on, lost in the twilight of
the Vietnam War he would soon escalate, after
Village idiots appreciate
those differences and nuances!
Ankrah lied to
Ghana, to Africa, and to the World!
truth, that Ankrah-Harlley-Kotoka-Nunoo traitor
bunch lied to Ghanaians has never been fully
adjudicated for every Ghanaian, woman, man, and
child, to know and understand.
But, it ought
From Akosombo Dam to the estate farms,
to VALCO, to the factories and refineries, to
Accra-Tema Motorway, to Adomi Bridge, to Kumasi GEE
Hospital, to the first class education system and
secondary schools, to the doctors educated and
trained, to support for Ghanaian/African culture,
Kwame Nkrumah provided a solid foundation for Ghana,
even after his overthrow.
It is people like
the Kwabena Yeboahs whose feigned objectivity and
impartiality is as hollow as straws made of
funky-rotten peanuts, whose praise of that coup
"induced by the CIA" with the support of external
governments, it is they who sold and still are
selling for a song all the blessings Providence has
allowed Ghana, including Kwame Nkrumah assets worth
in the billions of dollars, as they've practiced
military dictatorships and "property-owning
They are the first to banish
people from any substantive policy discourse because
others "stifle debates about Dr. Nkrumah's
government". So, it is those people who are "enemies
of the country".
the records show the Ankrah-Harlley-Kotoka-Nunoo
gang banished, imprisoned, and shot a lot more
people than Nkrumah ever did.
destruction of all those public assets and
resources, including those they freely gave away to
the United State, to haul out of Ghana at nightfall!
Did they ever sit down to calculate the loss
they caused, or that who actually paid what to
support other Africans fighting colonialism in time?
No, it is Kwabena Yeboah parrot boxes and the
Ankrah-Harlley-Kotoka-Nunoo traitor-gang, and those
latter day leaders who destroyed more, and sold even
more without transparent accounting, and their CIA
handlers, it is they who are directly responsible
for Ghana's development quagmire, and their
nonsensical Singapore GDP today this, Ghana GDP
today, that, comparisons.
Where is the
symmetry and the fairness, Mr. trained
Look yourselves in the mirror
and answer you own illogical question(s)!
Directly responding to Kwabena Yeboah and his
ignoble attempts to tag YAW as just "ANOTHER CPP
APPARATCHIK ?", YAW provided the following response
which ought to be instructive for all. It is
instructive to the extent YAWs' response is
historically grounded, unlike the suppositions,
inventions, and bunkum interpretations of those
"foundation events" of crucial importance to the
development of Ghana by sycophants who think merely
claiming objectivity make them so.
"...When Ann San Su Kyi, faced the wrath of
the Burmese generals, she did not jump to a foreign
power to come and do her bidding, she toughed it
out!...When Ferdinand Marcos, unleashed the army on
the defenceless people in the Phillipines, they did
not beg the French or the British to come to their
rescue...JB Traitor Danquah and his bomb throwers
did more harm to us than Nkrumah. Finally, When the
US government refused Nasser of Egypt, a modest loan
of 70 million dollars to build the Aswan Dam, he
turned to the soviets and the result,...Aswan Dam
which has been the backbone of Egypt industry since
it was completed..."
In closing, YAW added
this to the record, "...Let me make it clear to you
(Kwabena Yeboah), that you do not hold monopoly on
That, we know to also be true!
In closing Part 4, we are offering Kwabena
Yeboah and his type another opportunity to
interrogate real data, precisely the data they
normally neglect to present or to interrogate when
it is the only rational and "intellectual" thing to
do. But one must actually believe what one is trying
to communicate to others.
By 1964, within
four years, from a low $182.98, through the efforts
of the CPP government, Ghana's GDP per capita was
$230.44, compared to $485.36 for Singapore. That
suggests Singapore's was now just 110.62% of Ghana,
(versus 133.84% in 1960). This is a reduction or
catching up by Ghana, of approximately 23.22%.
The next year, in 1965, through further
development efforts by the CPP government, the
difference in GDP per capita between the 2 countries
had shrunk to approximately 93.86%, from a high
133.84% in 1960.
TO THE POINT, LOOKING AT
THE RATE OF GROWTH OF GDP PER CAPITA, GHANA IN FACT
OUTPACED SINGAPORE DURING THE YEARS 1963-1965. IN
OTHER WORDS, GHANA WAS ACTUALLY ON TRACK TO PERFORM
EVEN BETTER IN LATER YEARS THANKS TO THE
INDUSTRIALIZATION PLAN, IMPORT SUBSTITUTION
PROGRAMS, AND EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM THAT WAS BEGINNING
TO BEAR FRUITS FOR ALL IN GHANA, UNDER THE NKRUMAH
Under these facts and condition,
it is surely absurd and illogical, actually the mark
of old mad men, to attempt to ascribe development
problems in Ghana in 2016 to Kwame Nkrumah, more
than 2 generations removed. In addition, it is
absurd and illogical, to think you are smarter when
all you are communicating is that Lee Kwan Yew was a
better strategist when you do not present any data
that supports your thesis.
1. Prof Lungu.
Only mad 60-year olds fault Kwame Nkrumah for
Ghana's development quagmire (1) (2)(3). Ghanaweb
2. David Meredith. The Construction of Takoradi
Harbour in the Gold Coast 1919 to 1930: A Case Study
in Colonial Development and Administration. 1976,
Transafrican Journal of History, Vol. 5, No. 1
(1976), pp. 134-149.
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