[ 2012-04-28 ]
CPP marks 40th anniversary of the death of Dr Nkrumah
Accra, April 27, GNA – The Convention People's
Party (CPP) on Friday marked the 40th Anniversary
celebration of the death of Osagyefo Dr Kwame
Nkrumah, Ghana's First President.
The ceremony took the form of a requiem mass and
wreath laying at the Nkrumah Memorial Mausoleum
Park in Accra.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Bright Oblitei
Akwetey, aspiring presidential candidate of CPP
described Dr Nkrumah as an incorruptible,
hardworking, visionary and outstanding thinker who
was totally committed to serving Ghana and the
He said Dr Nkrumah's achievements were not only
remarkable but globally recognised and admired,
which led to many people across the world voting
him as the greatest African in the 20th Century.
Mr Akwetey said Dr Nkrumah inspired the
mobilisation of African peoples and their leaders
in the political struggle against apartheid and
the total liberation of the continent from the
chains of colonial rule and exploitation.
He said the mounting of a magnificent statue in
front of the new African Union Headquarters in
Addis Ababa to honour of Dr Nkrumah depicted his
brand of selfless and exemplary servant-leadership
for Africans and the Pan-African world.
“It is understanding that many of us will
naturally yearn for the return of Dr Nkrumah to
our earthly life, in order to lead us courageously
and inspiring for the second time in our current
struggle against neo-colonialism and exploitative
and impoverishing globalisation,” he said.
“But the Great Osagyefo, as we are aware, will not
come back soon enough to provide his rare
charismatic, people-inspiring and sterling brand
of leadership,” he said.
Mr Akwetey advised Africans to reflect upon the
vision of Dr Nkrumah to effectively tackle the
challenges of transforming the African continent
into developed and prosperous world in which there
should be greater freedom and justice, accelerated
creation and equitable distribution of wealth for
Dr Abu Sakara Foster, another CPP presidential
aspirant said Dr Nkrumah gave his life for the
liberation and reconstruction of the continent
with the impact being felt across the globe.
He said after Dr Nkrumah's death, he still
continued to stand astride the globe as a giant
for his clarity of purpose, direction and action
to emancipate Africa politically, economically and
“Sadly, his singular ambition to unite Africa and
make Ghana a shining example of African
achievement was cut short. This interruption of
his mission is poignantly epitomised by this
edifice that stands over where he lies,” he said.
“Is that the sum total of our hopes and
aspiration? Today we gather here to say
emphatically no! The struggle continues!” Dr
He encouraged Ghanaians to renew their commitment
to strive harder, work longer and more earnestly
to achieve the happiness and welfare of their
Source - GNA
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