General News of 2013-12-11

Kwame Nkrumah greater than Mandela – Kweku Baako

The Editor of the New Crusading Guide, Mr Abdul Malik Kweku Baako says Kwame Nkrumah was the greatest African.

He was contributing to a debate on whom of South Africa’s first black President, Nelson Mandela, and Ghana’s first President, Kwame Nkrumah, was the greatest African.

The debate, which has gained grounds since Mandela died last week, has divided many Ghanaians.

Mr Baako said while Mandela could be described as one of the greatest Africans, he did not measure up to Nkrumah.

“The greatest leader, for me, was Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah”, Mr Baako said on Peace FM’s ‘Kokroko’ on Wednesday.

He said Ghana became the first country in Sub-Sahara Africa largely due to Nkrumah’s efforts.

Ghana’s independence, he said, had an “electrifying, catalytic effect on the black race.”

Mr Baako added that while Nkrumah was the greatest African, Mandela was the continent’s most famous individual.

Kwame Nkrumah, (21 September 1909 – 27 April 1972) was the leader of Ghana and its predecessor state, the Gold Coast, from 1951 to 1966. Overseeing the nation's independence from British colonial rule in 1957, Nkrumah was the first

President of Ghana and the first Prime Minister of Ghana.

An influential 20th-century advocate of Pan-Africanism, he was a founding member of the Organization of African Unity and was the winner of the Lenin Peace Prize in 1963.

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, 18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.

He was South Africa's first black chief executive, and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election.