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If Danquah was a CIA Operative, then Nkrumah was Hitler Incarnate!


A STUPID INSANE WRITER!
Author: KWABENA NKANSAH(BAHAMAS)
Date: 04-12 09:47 

I WILL BE BREIF ON YOUR STUPID ,INSANE ARTICLE.YOU HAVE JUST PUSHED A BAD TRIGGER REGARDING THE MOST PRECIOUS LEADER OF OUR MOTHERLAND GHANA :-DR KWAME NKRUMAH.
THERE HAS BEEN NO SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENT FROM ANY OTHER PARTY OR GOVERNMENT AFTER NKRUMAH.
YOU ARE VERY STUPID TO PROCLAIM ALLIANCE WITH THE SOVIET UNION WAS NOT GOOD.CAN U SEE THE DIFFERNCES IN CLASSES WE HAVE IN GHANA ?,DO U SEE THE WEALTH THAT GHANA HAS?,DO U REALIZE HOW MANY PEOPLE ENJOY FROM THAT.?A VERY STUPID WRITER WITH A SO CALLED PHD.I THINK U BOUGHT YOUR TITLE .IT IS SAD TO SEE HOW U CAN WRITE AN ARTICLE DEFENDING THESE OPPORTUNIST ,WHO ARE RAPING GHANA.DO U REALIZE THAT TODAY AS U WRITE THERE ARE SOME PART OF GHANA WHERE PEOPLE DONT HAVE DRINKING WATER? U SEEM U ARE ON THE PAYROLL OF THESE OPPORTUNIST.THE AFFIRMATIVE ACTION THAT WE NEED NOW FOR GHANA IS ON HOLD COS PNDC NDC NPP OR WHO SO EVER BEEN IN POWER HAS ONLY SATISFIED HIS PERSONAL INTEREST AND NOT THE WELFARE OF THE CITIZENS.SIT DOWN AND LEARN MORE ABOUT SOCIAL JUSTICE AND HUMAN RESOURCES BEFORE U WRITE SUCH SILLY AND STUPID LINES.
Re: If Danquah was a CIA Operative, then Nkrumah w
Author: Kobena
Date: 04-12 04:53 

Why don't we allow the ghosts of Kwame Nkrumah and J. B. Danquah to rest in peace? Our independence struggle started way back in the early 1800s. Kwaa Abonyi actually did not go to school. He learnt to read and write Fanti at night school. But he realised that allowing Queen Victoria to pass the Land Grant Bill would create "Apartheid" in the Gold Coast, so he paid for himself and some lawyers to come and argue successfully against its passage into law. From then on they fought through organisations like the Aborigines Rights Protection Society, culminating in the formation of the UGCC in 1947. Yet nobody ever mentions them. Every country has its share of people who switch between heroes and villains at one time or other.

Whatever it is Kwame Nkrumah, J. B. Danquah, Busia, and others were human. They did as much as they could in their time. Why don't we move on and build on what they did. Really what have we done in our generation? Jerry Rawlings came to the scene with a group of young university graduates in smocks and Afro Moses. By the time they left (more like forced out of) office, the education system, health system, and even our culture of respect for the age and authority, were all in tatters. Those who came railing against wealth went out as multi- millionaires.

That love of money that was planted in Ghanian society is what is today threatening to turn our dear country into a drug house and nation of junkies! I can bet my bottom penny that most of the people that are engaged in armed robberies, drug dealings, 419 and other vices are between the ages of 25 and 45. Why don't we also begin to do something good for coming generations and leave the dead to rest in peace?
Cry the beloved country!
Good morning and God bless.
hitler
Author: mokomokole
Date: 04-11 11:48 

Your knowledge of basic history is so flawed that you are either someone simply provoking debate or an extremely stupid person who makes me wonder how you got your present job (are your academic qualificatins legit or ones bought from universities?)and what you are putting into the minds of these tender American kids.
Ignorance at its BEST
Author: Peter
Date: 04-11 11:32 

There is evidence and therefore a FACT Danquah was a paid agent of the CIA and traitor of the worse order who deserves nothing death.

On the other hand whether Nkrumah is Hitler incarnate or not is subjective perception.

Is this writer got any education? The least said talk about him the better.
STARTLING REVELATIONS
Author: YAYRA
Date: 04-11 08:18 

WHAT I WANT TO KNOW ABT THIS ARTICLE IS WHETHER THE FACTS ABT THE KULUNGUGU ASSASINATION ATTEMPS ARE TRUE- EMMANUEL AKO ADJEI, TAWIAH ADAMAFIO AND KOFI CRABBE- WERE THEY REALLY INVOLVED? BECAUSE I KNOW THEY WERE CPP GURUS; IF THEY WERE WHY THEN IS THIS NOISE ABOUT THE UP LINKED TO THIS ASSASINATION ATTEMPT ON KNRUMAH?
Stupid Article
Author: Nat
Date: 04-11 04:28 

Foolish man, if you can't write simple english to tbe understood by your own people, then stop professing as an interllectual. STUPID ARTICLE, If you want to do politics then come back to Ghana and stop writing ON THE net. An Educated FOOL. "Kwasia penim"
THE REAL ISSUES....
Author: Selfless
Date: 04-10 22:49 

Danquah and Nkrumah are not running for office....This is the new Millennium, and the new CPP has elected their flagbearer, a patriot of our time, Honorable Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom....A self made man....a credible man who was born without a silver spoon in his mouth....A man who has risen from the humble house of "Master" Yorke of Elmina to become a modern day Statesman......From Elmina to Augusco, that great school at Cape Coast....from Augusco to America where he rubbed shoulders with the best in the world of Management....From America and back to Ghana where he is now creating wealth for over 500 families....When the going was tough for the NPP government, Papa Kwesi Nduom came to their rescue....For that patriotic act, the PNDC/NDC people could not find it within their hearts to see and praise the wisdom and the greatness of this modern day savior......

Indeed the man is so great that the people named him Mr. FIX IT....Yes, he has arrived and he is taking his message to the people....And the people like what they see and hear from him.....He has created wealth out of his own initiative, and he will do even more when he is the first servant of the country......

The battle is between the living, Aho fee.....Nduom is alive and running on his merits....He is running on solutions for our present problems......Let the dead REST IN PEACE............FIX GHANA NOW...VOTE NDUOM AND CPP ....FORWARD EVER !!!
Re: If Danquah was a CIA Operative, then Nkrumah w
Author: EKOW,USA
Date: 04-10 22:48 

Kwame Okoampah, afetr rating all those who feature prominently in article writing, it has come to light that your articles lack substance,does not inform the mind and above all too vindictive out of desperation.Your articles are just like a kind of death that has no dignity.Also,be informed that intelligence is not a cure for stupidity neither is it a substitute for wisdom.There are also illiterate literates like Kwame Okoampah,period!
Fo.........ol, Okoampa!
Author: Obournana
Date: 04-10 22:01 

Foolish man okoampa. While people are talking about facts, you are talking about abnormality. Because you are a fool, does not mean all Ghanaians are also fool. What does CIA got to do with Hitler? You see your hypocriscy and ignorance? Foooooooool.
THIS OLD BLOKE AGAIN
Author: Asonaba
Date: 04-10 20:34 

There goes the old bloke again,from his rat-infested apartment.Here is a man who claims he is a scholar and yet behaves like an illiterate.For your info,whoever you attack,you strenghten and whatever you resist,persists.Though Nkrumah is dead,you strenghten him and the fact that Rawlings is still around,he is more strenghtened by your villifications.Trim your overgrown beard before spitting crap.
Re: If Danquah was a CIA Operative, then Nkrumah w
Author: Ato Kwamena Gracious, CA, USA
Date: 04-10 20:14 

I am really surprise at the volume of insults and the use of unacceptable language in some of these posted essays. There is virtually no distinction between the schooled and non-schooled. And this is the crust of our shamefulness, when all of us can be lumped together in the usage of gutter language.
Was a wounded Lion not Hitler
Author: KUKURUDU
Date: 04-10 16:43 

Kwame, you are right Emmanuel Obetsebi Lamptey was not at Kulungugu.He Obetsebi Lamptey and Dr.J.B.Danquah were at a hide-out at Bawaleshie in Accra and that is where their operation headquarters was.Those grenade bombs that Madam Asaaba Quarcoo was stuffing them in the kenkey and she carried on her head and transported them to Bawaleshie the hide-out of Obetsebi Lamptey and J.B.Danquah them where they inturned supply or gave those grenades to Malam Mahama Tula and Teiko Tagoe a.k.a Kofi Latrine to do their dirty jobs for them. Look at how many innocent school children and by standers dead and some had permanent scares and dis-able bodies.If Obetsebi Lamptey and Danquah were innocent why were they hiding at Bawaleshie bushes.Both Danquah and Obetsebi were very good prominent lawyers, come to think of it Obetsebi Lamptey was my grand father's lawyer.He Obetsebi owns a nice house at Zongo Lane in Accra and Danquah's house was around Nkrumah Circle area.So Okoampa, when you speak up you speak down too.Those people provoked Nkrumah first by wanting Nkrumah's head on silver plater and that was the most reason why Nkrumah went after them Danquah and Obetsebi Lamptey. And he found them hiding their black asses in the bushies at Bawaleshie and threw them to the lions at Nsawam Detention Prison.Remember Danquah and Obetsebi did not start this alone,Dr.Busia,Kuntu Blankson the so called Ga Matse's father,Konkonte Brown,Attoh Quashie,Joe Appiah, J.H.Mensah,Dzenkle Gyau,S.V.Dombo just to name a few started to go after Nkrumah's life, after Nkrumah's C.P.P. defeated their United Party(UP)formerly called U.G.C.C. at the elections where Nkrumah had majority seats (104). Then hell broke loose in Accra, this was in 1957,1958 to 1959 before Kulungugu incident.So Kwame,again you see why Nkrumah became like a wounded lion in the junkle and went after them like a wild fire.
If Danquah was a CIA, then Nkr
Author: A. Shaibi
Date: 04-10 16:23 

It is time for us to aloud those great men to rest in peace and plan for the future.Rather than continues onproductive argumentations among yourselves.The land is rich,the mases are extremely poor and hungry. this is the time we must unite and move forward,for the benefit of all.
Well written and argued.
Author: Nyanor N.A
Date: 04-10 15:02 

Well written and argued. Nana Akkufo is by far the best candidate who has his own mind and very well vexed in local and international affairs. God bless you all.
Re: If Danquah was a CIA Operative, then Nkrumah w
Author: KOBY
Date: 04-10 14:52 

foolish boy.
Always defending
Author: Daniel
Date: 04-10 14:16 

Why are most NPP supporters always defending blindly? Its just unfortunate but it is clear that WISDOM and education are two diffrent things.
Re: If Danquah was a CIA Operative, then Nkrumah w
Author: MenayeAFUAforiwa
Date: 04-10 13:37 

Listen to the mind of someone with a PhD degree.
STUPID BOY
Author: niidarku@gmail.com
Date: 04-10 13:21 

look i hope you read this i have come to this end that you are just another STUPID BOY AND I WILL NOT WAST ANY MORE TIME ON YOU. REMEMBER I COMMUNICATE WITH YOU ON SOME OF YOUR WRITE UPS. GET OUT THROUGH THE WINDOW YOU STUPID BOY.
Kwame Never Dies
Author: Egya Nda
Date: 04-10 13:20 

The more people try to DAMAGE the man the more popular he becomes, so why don't these traitors leave Nkrumah alone?
Titles have not Developed Ghan
Author: Jojo
Date: 04-10 12:33 

Gentleman, Whether one holds a title from Harvard, Oxford, Yale and Stanford:Today does not belong to educated derelicts, It belongs to practical application and to make yourself necessary where honour calls for progress.

You may still quote from past historical events, Busia-Danquah tradition have still not provided the people of Ghana with affordable homes, portable water, basic amenities and sanitation, and especially the people in the rural areas and our BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN THE NORTH of Ghana´continue to live in MUD AND HUT STRUCTURES, stretching beyond the horizon.

The nation Ghana could only be ours if, we are able to lift it from its present state affairs with practical professional solutions.

Let us MATCH OUR WORDS WITH DEEDS
Ahoofe, Why?
Author: Kwame
Date: 04-10 12:14 

Hi Ahoofe, I have read some of your articles and I thought you were brilliant but this one is out of the way. It is simply non-academic. I have been wondering whether you even have to add your resume of 'authoring
' 13 books to your articles. That is a tactics of someone who has an inferiority complex. Work on that. In any case, you are still brilliant and can write better upbuilding pieces - not this one.
FOOLS
Author: Dankwa
Date: 04-10 11:17 

A silly and a stupid idea. How do you refer Dr.Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah as Hiltler. May GOD for give you. Rather Danquah,Akufo AdoPawillie etc... are devils. Nkrumah fought for our independence and Danquah and familly and their cohorts worked for c.I.A a stupid idea!!shame
CIA SAID SO
Author: addotey
Date: 04-10 10:59 

The CIA report said Danquah was on their payroll and so I will not doubt them. Use ya brain and do a littel research kakraaa haba.
JEREMIAD EXTEMPORE
Author: TETTEH GHANDI
Date: 04-10 10:57 

I thought the avlanche of conflagrations that consume Okuampa's articles would send him a statistical message that the world does not care for his demagogues. I was wrong. Ahoofe keeps emphasizing his ossified ideological straight jacket mentality, and it might take some alchemy from seasoned marabouts at Kyebi and Asiakwa Zongo to set him free. Once again, I tried to find the abstracts to his reduxed canard and I stumbled on the silhouette of an Idiot Savant desperately seeking crumps from the scions of an epigone hegemony. It is absolute malarkey for Ahoofe to give the impression that the British made J. B. Danquah the sole custodian of the word "CONVENTION" and that Kwame Nkrumah prulioned it from the "distinguished coterie". I don't think the most hyptonized fan of the UP will buy such balderdash.
Loser
Author: Wole
Date: 04-10 10:50 

What a loser!
WHAT IS THE HEIGHT OF NANA
Author: PROPHET GHANA
Date: 04-10 10:26 

IS HE 5FT OR 4FT 8INS
WASHY WASTE OF A HUMAN
Author: SAINT-AUSTRALIA
Date: 04-10 09:59 

If nobody will tell such a hogheadlum of ahofe the truth, I think some of us will come and push this good for nothing and old decrepetude stooge of a person who thinks licking boots will one day earns him a favour from the echelons cocain washed brains.
You claim you hold PHD,but you are the saddest thing ever to happen to mother ghana.
From the so called 13 collections of books you have written the best among them is:
"Abe: Reflection on Love"STUPID.
These are the stupid things you think you can add to society.How many articles have you written?Do you think thEsE blind and one sided stories you've been splashing across Ghanaweb counts in the academia?
Come on boy, put your research cap on, get into the bush, dig out data and bring something good to the teaming youth of Ghana.
WASHY WASTE OF A HUMAN.
GO&Shave& sell more books
Author: Ato Kwamena, Bronx, NYC
Date: 04-10 09:58 

This naughty so-called associate prof must rahter go and shave his unkempt beard and sell more of his "Obaahemaa" books in the Bronx, African stores and save readers from head pains!
you again?
Author: alhaji futa
Date: 04-10 09:52 

am really sorry to tell you how stupid and immature this article is.there is no substance in it.dont you know sometimes an uncle can be cousin at the same time.may be you come from a small family thats why you dont understand.
anyway,are you looking for a job in the house of ofori pannin?
shame on you,two fools dont make it right and ghana dont need this kind of publications,please.
Retarded analysis
Author: Lord
Date: 04-10 09:38 

You lack the intellectual capacity for this kind of debate. PhD? Really? Pathetic. My 15 year old teenage brother can make more sense.
Re: If Danquah was a CIA Operative, then Nkrumah w
Author: prophet
Date: 04-10 09:19 

come home SON
Re: If Danquah was a CIA Operative, then Nkrumah w
Author: NII
Date: 04-10 08:39 

Cant waste my time reading this. the author is an idiot.
Nkrumah was Hitler Incarnate.
Author: Adusei
Date: 04-10 08:10 

When is the man who think he is more handsome than anybody else going to stop writing this nonsese about Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. How dare this self made Ghana Historian compare Danquah to Dr Nkrumah. What did Danquah accomplish for Ghana. If Ghana had depended on Danquah, we will still be under colonialism. All this nonsense you have been writing about Dr Nkrumah is enough, stupid ahoofe.
Danquah is CIA & Nkrumah KGB.
Author: Kwame
Date: 04-10 07:15 

When the New Patriotic Party led by Kufuor came to power Ya Na and forty others were kille by his security operatives. Isaah Moro dead in the hand of Kufuor's soldiers and what about Ennin. According to medical records available, Danquah and Lamptey both dead of natural courses.
IDIOT AHOOFE
Author: osei kofi uni of READING
Date: 04-10 07:05 

I have long ago ignored all your articles be'cos they were all stupid writings of a bored & a frustrated idiot of a bastard.To write these things about the greatest Black leader is very sad,stupid & nonesense
THANK YOU, KWAME NKRUMAH
Author: BLACKMAN
Date: 04-10 06:59 

I WAS A BABY WHEN YOU WERE FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM. AS I GREW UP I THOUGHT YOU WERE A FOOL TO HAVE FOUGHT FOR PEOPLE LIKE THESE GHANAIANS BUT I NOW UNDERSTAND. YOU WERE SENT DOWN TO EARTH FOR THE PURPOSE OF LIBERATING THE BLACKMAN AND HIS MIND. THANK YOU KWAME NKRUMAH! KWAME NKRUMAH WAS LIKE MY MASTER JESUS CHIRST WHO CAME TO HIS OWN BUT HIS OWN KNEW HIM NOT. FORTUNATELY, KWAME NKRUMAH WAS REJECTED BY ONLY SOME FEW - THOSE WHO HAD WISHED WE WERE IN DARKNESS IN ORDER THAT THEY WOULD EXPLOIT US. TODAY WE SEE THEM IN POWER LED BY KUFUOR SELLING OUT TO THE NEO-IMPERIALISTS. THEY ARE BUYING HOTELS AND SETTING UP SHOPPING MALLS FOR THEIR SONS AND DAUGHTERS IN PREPARATION TO EXPLOIT THE REST OF THE PEOPLE. THEY ARE GRABBING WEALTH EVERYWHERE! FOR ALL THAT NKRUMAH DID HE NEVER PUT A HOUSE FOR HIMSELF. HE CAME SIMPLE AND WENT SIMPLE. TODAY HE IS BEING CALLED HITLER. KWASI NDUOM AND THE CPP, IT IS OVER TO YOU. BE CAREFUL THE FRIENDS YOU MAKE. YOUR DUTY NOW IS TO CONTINUE THE GOOD WORKS OF KWAME NKRUMAH. IT IS FORWARD EVER !
Opportunistic Ahofe
Author: Kweku Boateng Jnr
Date: 04-10 06:41 

Historical documents published and released by the CIA shows that Danquah, Busia, etc were on the payroll of the CIA.

This is well known and it would do this useless, inept bankrupt Ghanaian who is looking for a job within the NPP to stop insulting Nkrumah. He was a decent person, who at the time he was overthrown by the CIA stooges namely Kotoka, Afrifah, Ocran, Harlley and Deku had only 300 UK pounds and devoted his life to the betterment of Africa. Go and read Nkrumah's Ghana and East Africa, Dark Days in Ghana, Panaf, 1967 etc
who do u write for
Author: justice,oxford
Date: 04-10 06:40 

I thought that the first task of a public writer was to communicate in such a way that the least educated would understand whatever is being written but i find ur articles rather heavy for the average ghanaweb surfer to bear. I think that u may have forgotten that this is public forum and not the 'ivory tower' in which we are all accomodated.
I doubt your PhD
Author: REJ
Date: 04-10 06:31 

I doubt your PhD.
SWIMMING IN DARK OLD WATERS
Author: KWAME ACHEAMPONG
Date: 04-10 06:27 

I sometimes wonder what is the intended benefit of your writing on this platform.

The deeds of our elders are past and we should be looking at what we can learn from them to enable our present and our future; for us and our generations.

Swiming in the dark and old waters will only blind our future and keep us away from doing what we have to do to progress and fine-tune our community to meet the global challenges that confront us daily.

Kwame; let us look at Ghana and what we can use our Phd's and hard earned experience and qualification to do to enhance the living standard our our people.

Kwame Nkrumah' J B Danquah and all the others are gone and WE are here today.

Are you an old student of Takoradi GSTS

Long Live Ghana
ahoofe u are stupid
Author: golf
Date: 04-10 06:20 

the first time i read an article by this maggot, i thought he had just been discharged from a mental facility. now i know he has ben recalled for serious treatment.he now suffers from advanced epilepsy of the brain.
readers should be sympathetic please, there is the possibility of a cure for his predicament.
Re: If Danquah was a CIA Operative, then Nkrumah w
Author: Ganyo
Date: 04-10 06:18 

This idiot again. Does anybody read him ?
,SENSELESS ASHANTIMAN
Author: UGLY PRESIDENT
Date: 04-10 05:52 

A DECORATED DONKEY IS STILL A DONKEY, THAT IS THE SOCALL AHOOFE
Re: If Danquah was a CIA Operative, then Nkrumah w
Author: Adolf Mugabe Albert
Date: 04-10 05:16 

well done mr. Okoampa-Ahoofe
OH NO, HE IS ALIVE!
Author: Butumengebu Bronyi
Date: 04-10 05:00 

I thought this fool had died until I saw the headline. immidiately I saw it i realised he had fooled his psychiatrist into letting him out of the mad house early!!
Get Lost
Author: Kabobo
Date: 04-10 04:45 

Kwame go to hell.Danquah another timid guy.Nkrumah all the way.
A FOOL STUCK IN THE 50`s
Author: TROUBLE-MAKER
Date: 04-10 04:15 

When would you ever move away from the 50`s to confront the 21st century?

JB Danquah,Nkrumah,Busia,Obetsebi-Lamptey ect,ect,have all done their bits and left the rest for us to carry on.

What have you AKONFE AHOOTAN done for Ghana for you to be remembered with,other than your Tribal craps?
Kenny Jones, You Are An Idiot!
Author: Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr.
Date: 04-10 04:04 

Kenny Jones, I hope you are not a white man attempting to stolidly dabble in Ghanaian and African politics. For you will, by all means, get what you deserve in due course!
Nkrumah /Danquah both Heroes
Author: Submarine
Date: 04-10 03:55 

These 2 people are both heroes for almost all Ghanaians.

They have their faults just like all of us but they did a damn good job for Ghana.

There is no need to divide them as they have same values, culture and traditions.

One Ghana, CPP, NPP.
THIS PROFESSOR IS A TOKE!
Author: Kwabena
Date: 04-10 03:49 

The headline for this article by this Okoampa-Ahoofe, Kwame (PhD) shows me that you are a joke of a university lecturer.

All the while, people have been insulting this PhD man and I was worried but if you can think up side down in this way then you deserve more insults than forumers here have been heaping on you.

What nonsense is this!
Solid-waste ditch sewer!
Author: Tolitala
Date: 04-10 03:26 

Hey Ahoofe Doc:What do you have to say about our "sky-hi frequent-flyer" Prez who travels abroad an average of 2ce a month, wasting our foreign cash resrves?
okuampa calls for death
Author: kenny jones
Date: 04-10 03:12 

yes; stupid okuampa. you are getting demented, you will die very soon; mark it on the wall , stupid man
U live in the past
Author: Baby Nkrumah
Date: 04-10 02:42 

WAKE UP ITS 2008
Re: If Danquah was a CIA Operative, then Nkrumah w
Author: Adoglo
Date: 04-10 02:36 

Supporter?Narcotics Pushers Party
Touche
Author: Retributor
Date: 04-10 02:32 

In sum, the writer is a snot-nosed liar and a fleering scumbag!
takes one to know one
NOW I KNOW.
Author: NOBODY.
Date: 04-10 02:23 

Ahoofe is a mad man nothing good come from his mouth. He is very sad and disturb man who does not no what to say or write and need attention. Fool he will be forever.
FLASHBACK
Author: Asiedu, Bolivia
Date: 04-10 02:22 

Fallacies of J. B. Danquah's Heroic Legacy (V)


Dedicated to Justice Akua Asabea Ayisi (A former High Court Judge), Mrs. Hanna Cudjoe, Madam Sophia Doku, the famous Mrs. Ama “Nkrumah,” Auntie Mary and Mrs. Mabel Dove Danquah (J. B. Danquah’s wife) and other women who worked side by side with Nkrumah on the CPP “Evening News” and/or went to prison with Nkrumah.
In 1952, J. B. Danquah asked my Grandfather’s friend, Opanin Kofi Amoh of both Ettokrom and Kyebi to get the cocoa farmers in the Ettokrom (Atukrom) vicinity to oppose the government’s policy of cutting down the swollen-shoot cocoa trees. My grandfather, the Chief Cocoa Farmer sought advice from Mr. Holloway, the Agriculture Officer of Cocoa Services Division C at its first Headquarters at Ettokrom. Meanwhile, Danquah had succeeded in convincing some people at Osiem to do his bidding. What followed were violent assaults on the employees of the Cocoa Services by some young men from Osiem with big clubs that caused blood to gush out of the victims’ heads and faces; some of the female employees, including my aunt were raped. But in one of his writings, Danquah denied ever inciting the cocoa farmers in the area to revolt against the government’s policy. Such is the kind of disingenuous discourse that one comes across in Danquah’s political letters and speeches.

J. B. Danquah: His CIA Connection and Detention
First, we must understand that legislative bodies create laws out of unique social circumstances in each country. That is why laws, and for that matter legal systems, differ from country to country. As such, the British laws and its legal system were created to address British particular experience and not to arrest the greatest threat Ghana faced after the 1956 general election. The barbaric acts of terrorism and bestial bomb attacks on the Ghana Young Pioneers, school children and the eight assassination attempts on Nkrumah’s life by the enemies of the State required an appropriate corresponding law to protect and secure the unitary-system of government in Ghana. Otherwise, it would have been irresponsible and betrayal, if not foolish, on the part of the CPP government to have sat idle for the hard-won Ghana’s independence (which all of us are preparing to celebrate), at the expense of Nkrumah’s life and many of his supporters, to go into oblivion by the barbaric acts of the bloodthirsty Danquah-Busia gangsters. Considering this, the PDA was therefore the best temporary measure that the parliament passed with the approval of the British Crown via her appointed Governor-General. In fact, K.A. Busia and R. R. Amponsah and Modesto Apaloo were members of parliament that passed the PDA. And if the PDA had been an undemocratic, dictatorial and tyrannical act, the Governor-General would have thrown it out, and probably dissolved the parliament and dismissed Nkrumah as Prime Minister. The Danquah-Busia gangsters were aware of the constitutional powers of the Head of State, but they simply ignored it in order to blame Kwame Nkrumah and his Government, other than themselves, for the PDA.

Danquah’s detention under the PDA resulted from his involvements in coup plots in collaboration with the CIA. During the first treason trial of Awhiatey-Amponsah-Apaloo conspiracy of November 1958, after the passage of the PDA, J. B. Danquah was heard assuring a foreign diplomat that Nkrumah’s government would be overthrown in December 1958 (Bing). But the security forces did not act on it. They kept close eyes on him and other enemies of the State in order to gather hard evidence. The grounds for the first detention of Danquah was submitted to him in writing that: “During the month of September 1961 YOU DID JOIN in a DESIGN for the subversion of the Government of Ghana PRESENTED to you at a meeting on the premises of Dr. J. B. Danquah in Accra, by ISMAILA ANNAN and ATTA BORDOH both now detained and you did ENCOURAGE this design and in furtherance of it DID ACT in a manner calculated to endanger the security of the State and to cause the overthrow of the Government of Ghana by unlawful means” (see Danquah’s own Historic Speeches J. B. Danquah). Of course one should expect Danquah to craft his response like a defense attorney in order to accuse Nkrumah’s Government of unlawful detention without trial. Danquah’s claim was that the meeting was called in connection with the 1961 Takoradi Workers’ strike and the government’s budget. During this same strike, Komla Gbedemah, serving on the three-man presidential commission ruling the country, “saw his chance to seize power. Gbedemah had no problem in obtaining CIA backing for his conspiracy.” He “approached Ambassador Russell on September 6, 1961”and asked for US support; and “Washington gave an unequivocal yes.” Gbedemah and Busia went into exile together with the help of the CIA in October 1961 (see Mahoney, 1983 for details). Now, given that Danquah, Busia, Obetsebi-Lamptey, R. R. Amponsah, Modesto Apaloo and the new comer Gbedemah were in one accord to overthrow Nkrumah’s government by violence, Danquah’s assurance given to the foreign diplomat that Nkrumah’s government would be overthrown in December 1958 and the meeting in his house in September 1961 cannot be seen as unrelated issues.

Danquah’s collaboration with the CIA became clear when he went to the US Embassy, after Nkrumah had pardon Danquah and other detainees on June 2, 1962, to ask “why the funds his family had been receiving during his imprisonment had been cut after his release.” This caused Mr. Mahoney, the new US Ambassador to Ghana to summon “the CIA chief of station to ask why he had not been advised of the agency’s association with Danquah.” Displeased with the explanation, “Mahoney flew to Washington two days later and personally informed Kennedy about the matter” (Mahoney). Was this not the highest treason that a citizen could commit against his/her country? Secondly, how many regimes do we know that would permit such heinous crimes by an opposing party and simply detain them? With its hundreds of years of independence, military might and sophisticated intelligent global network, didn’t the British security forces arrest and detain suspects, after the terrorist bomb exploded in Britain? Nobody should be reminded about the fate of the Taliban detainees in Guantanamo Bay, for harboring Usama Bin Laden and his al-Qaida forces in Afghanistan. In Ghana, after the stampede over Johnny Hanson’s display of Nkrumah’s photo in Kumase in 1971, did not Dr. Busia’s government “forced through parliament a certificate of urgency within seventeen hours, a bill making the possession and display of the photograph of Nkrumah and mentioning of his name a criminal offence?”

On January 8, 1964, the Chief Security Officer ordered the arrest and detention of J. B. Danquah, under the PDA, due to his complicity in the Constable Seth Ametewe’s assassination attempt on Nkrumah on January 2, 1964. Connected to this was the report by two members of the police band that certain politicians, through their boss, also tried to persuade them to shoot Nkrumah as he “approach the band to congratulate them after their performance” at Flagstaff House” (Forward Ever, 1977; also see the Exemption Committee’s report for details of personal accounts and names of those involved in the assassination attempts on Nkrumah’s life, coup plots and bomb explosions). It must be recalled that in 1963, Danquah was found with his hand-written, signed speech to be delivered after his anticipated success of the La-Balawashie (Obetsebi-Lamptey hideout) coup plot. Danquah was sly and used other people to carry out his coup plots. But, as Dr. Tetteh (1999) points out, Danquah and other traitors were detained “after the Chief security officer had made sure that adequate reasons were given to justify” their detention, and that such people “were detained before Nkrumah could be informed of their detention” (Tetteh). In fact, no Head of State would disagree with his Chief Security Officer for detaining people under law, who were in the act of plotting to overthrow his government.

Next, the accusation that Danquah and other detainees were tortured in detention was one of the many ill-conceived fabrications orchestrated to discredit Nkrumah and his government by the agents of the NATO, including such foreign scholars like Prof. Bretton, whose African trips were partly founded by the CIA (Bing). Jeffrey Bign points out that, “no prison official with whom” he personally spoke at Ussher Fort suggested that Danquah “had been treated other than well and after the coup, if it had been otherwise, there was no reason why these officers should said so.” What is also remarkable was the traitors’ (coup makers) inability “to dig up any authentic case of ill-treatment or execution for treason or subversion” (Bing). Bing personally visited Obetsebi-Lamptey twice in hospital and talked to his doctors. His relatives also visited him in hospital. At the time of his arrest for financing and orchestrating the bomb attacks (see the Exemption Committee’s report), Obetsebi-Lamptey was suffering from an advanced stage of cancer. Hence, “Nkrumah arranged for him to receive expert medical attention in the private ward of a hospital which was wonderfully equipped (Marais, 1972). In the case of Danquah, Nkrumah “saw that he (Danquah) received special medical attention. To this end, Nkrumah assigned his best friend Dr. Seth Cudjoe (also a Pan-Africanist) to provide medical care for J. B. Danquah (Marais, 1972); and indeed, Dr. Cudjoe “prescribed medicines” for Danquah. Besides, Danquah “was allowed sandals, clothing and his own blanket.” The sister of Danquah’s second wife, who had always been a friend of Nkrumah, visited Danquah in prison and returned to share his condition with Nkrumah. Furthermore, Danquah’s second wife also “visited Nkrumah fairly regularly and improvements were made to her house on Nkrumah’s instructions.” Also, Danquah’s wife “always saw Nkrumah when she requested an interview, which was never refused” (Marais, 1972). Through these visits, Danquah was also made aware of Nkrumah’s concern about his (Danquah’s) welfare and health. When Danquah died, his wife wrote to Nkrumah asking for private funeral rites; Genoveva Marais, who was very close to Nkrumah, saw the letter herself (Marais). Nkrumah on the other hand, broke “down and wept bitterly and mourned for weeks on hearing the death of Dr. Danquah. “I am his witness,” Dr. Tetteh (1990) testifies.

In fact, it is not likely that any Head of State, even in the West, would have arranged for Danquah and Obetsebi-Lamptey to receive such special attention in similar circumstances. But Nkrumah did so because of his strong sense of spirituality like Gandhi (meatless diet, loath for alcohol, fasting, meditation, yoga etc.), his anti-capital punishment philosophy and attitude of forgiveness. For instance, Nkrumah not only appointed Danquah as Director of Legal Education in the country, but also to the membership of the Ghana Arts and Academy of Science (Bing). Tawia Adamafio told me in his James Town chambers in Accra in May 1972 that Nkrumah had assured him of a presidential pardon for himself, Ako Adjei and C. Coffie-Crabbe, upon Nkrumah’s return from Hanoi, to coincide with Ghana’s Independence Day anniversary on March 6, 1966.** This was typical of Kwame Nkrumah. And those who did not understand Nkrumah’s forgiving heart and anti-capital punishment “took it to be a lack of stability in” his character (Marias). Marais and others have stated that had Nkrumah permitted the use of conventional practice of execution of coup plotters, bomb throwers and assassins, “he would have [perhaps] remained in power and his enemies been given no opportunity to plot and counterplot against him” (Marais). But Nkrumah’s spiritual values and attitude of forgiveness encouraged the Danquah-Busia-Lamptey gangsters to continue their barbaric and uncivilized acts of terrorism in the country with the hope of killing Kwame Nkrumah and overthrowing his government. Hence, in her letter to the US President Kennedy, Barbara Ward (former Director of BBC) explained that, “Ghana has real security problems and has done much better than many other newly-independent inexperienced governments” (Mahoney). Given all these, Kwame Nkrumah DID NOT and COULD NOT have detained Danquah and other coup plotters, conspirators, assassins, or bomb throwers. The bloodthirsty enemies of the State were detained under the law of the land by the security forces.

The PDA, as Prof. Kwame Ninsin (1991) points out, has been “appreciated and vindicated, as borne out by its repeated use under different titles, by successive governments after” the overthrown of Kwame Nkrumah’s government; and that, “some of the regimes that have resorted to a revised version of the PDA have been the most devout and vehement critics of the CPP.” In fact, evidence collected at the Exemption Committee of personal accounts of some Ghanaians, including close associates of Nkrumah who testified to having actually subverted Nkrumah’s government “by financing the importation of various bombs and grenades which killed school children and Young Pioneers,” vindicated Nkrumah’s government (Tetteh). Therefore, to ignore the ferocious and treasonable acts of Danquah, Busia and their cronies, and call the VICTIM KWAME NKRUMAH “a dictator” or “tyrant” for the passage of the PDA and its implementation by the security forces is PREPOSTEROUS. Anything short of the PDA would have thrown the fragile State of Ghana into social chaos and civil war like Congo, Angola, Zimbabwe, India-Pakistan etc. And if there had been a civil war, Nkrumah’s unparalleled socio-economic, educational, industrial, scientific, technological, agricultural and cultural accomplishments in Ghana would have not occurred. Secondly, most post-independence Ghanaians might not have been born, while some of my generation (including me) would not be alive today. Certainly, there would not have been the unitary State of Ghana for the NPP government to set aside $20 million for the celebration of its 50th birthday.

Therefore, President Kufour should have the courage to erect a Statue of the School Girl, who was chosen to die in the bomb explosion at Kulungugu on August 1, 1962, at the airport facing Kotoka, before the arrival of the international guests for the 50th Anniversary of Ghana’s Independence.
** Nkrumah’s dismissal of Justice Arku Korsah (whom Nkrumah appointed) as Chief Justice was caused by his failure to follow the State protocol and inform Nkrumah, as the president, in advance about the verdict (a split decision) of the Kulungugu bomb trial involving Tawia Adamofio, Ako Adjei, C. Coffie-Crabbe and others. Rather, Nkrumah learnt about it while in the shower through his house attendant, who also heard it on the radio. Before joining the CPP, Adamafio was a fierce member of the Ga-Shifimo Kpee. Also, while a leading member of Dr. Busia’s Ghana Congress in 1953, Adamafio compared Nkrumah to Adolf Hitler leading a band of illiterates against the Ghana Congress led by intellectual giants, that would salvage the country from “a one party evil, the evil of dictatorship” (Awoonor, 1991). As Kanu explained, “by a strange coincidence, the Minister of Information, Adamafio had not accompanied Nkrumah in his car on this particular visit, although normally at his side.” When Tawia Adamafio and Ako Adjei arrived at the hospital where Nkrumah was undergoing a painful operation, Adamafio’s first question was “Is the President dead?” (Kanu, 1982). The question is if those responsible for the bomb blast at Kulungugu on August 1, 1961 “were Northerners based at Lome,” as Adamafio (1982) claims, why then did Warrant Officer Edward Tetteh, charged with supplying the grenade for the explosion, commit suicide during the trial on September 28, 1962?


Kwame Botwe-Asamoah, Ph.D.
Professor of African and African American History University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260
correction
Author: GOLD COAST
Date: 04-10 02:00 

Nkrumah
Re: If Nkrunah ---
Author: GOLD COAST
Date: 04-10 01:59 

Ahoofe: "The writer also criminally accuses Dr. Danquah of having been on the payroll of the US.Central Intelligence Agency without , as usual,providing readers any specific documentary sources to give credence to his slanderous accusation."


Ahoofe: "We on the other hand, can objectively point to documented eyewitness accounts authored by the frontline likes of Generals Ocran, Afrifa and Kotoka, as well as other reliable sources to corroborate our assertion of President Nkrumah having indefatigably worked for then ideological and imperialist interests of the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republic(USSR)"


Ahoofe,(where's your evidence?) you accuse the writer above, of not providing any "specific documentary sources" , and yet, you fare even worse( someone , supposedly with a Ph.D) by alluding only to the three military traitors - without any concrete,supporting evidence - that Nkrumah worked for the Soviet Union.

THIS IS SHODDY SCHOLARSHIP( OR ONE SHOULD SAY, JOURNALISM).

THE MORE YOU ATTEMPT TO BECOME A HISTORIAN, THE FARCICAL YOUR WRITINGS TURN OUT.
AHOOFE HAS BEEN EXPOSED
Author: 10%
Date: 04-10 01:32 

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The Two Faces of Ahoofe
Author: Akwasi Prempeh
Date: 04-10 01:29 

Here is the writing of the two-faced scoundrel who goes by the name Okoampa-Ahoofe. You readers decide for yourselves who this Okapma-Ahoofe is.


Dumb-Blonds Hogging Nkrumah’s Name
By: Okoampa-Ahoofe, Kwame, (2005-05-12)

The canonization of the pioneering leaders of any country is globally recognized as a matter of course. And so recently, when Dr. Edward Mahama, of the People’s National Convention (PNC), announced his intention to exhort the Ghanaian parliament to set aside a commemorative day in honor of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, many of us were quite elated.

Nonetheless, Dr. Mahama’s call had a deeply disturbing aspect to it. And, needless to say, the existence of the latter rendered his call rather hollow and almost embarrassing. And here, we are squarely alluding to the gaping failure of the so-called, card-carrying Nkruma(h)ists to rally their forces and their followers behind a single banner and then, a single party.

As it stands, the continuous gratuitous maintenance of two political parties in the name of the foremost continental African proponent of the African Union verges on the outright sacrilegious. And needless to say, such gross misalignment of the proverbial faithfuls bespeaks of the tragic crisis of confidence in that camp. And it makes one begin to wonder, as Americans would say, whether Dr. Mahama and his faction are for real. For instance, how did we move from Convention People’s Party (CPP) to Dr. Mahama’s People National Convention (PNC)? Was it just a matter of sheer, pathological megalomania, or simply a classical case of charlatans and poseurs pretending to be the sole proprietary legatees of Nkrumahism? (By all means, don’t tell me about Nii Ataa Jato June 4th prohibiting the formation of replicas of the originals; that was umpteen years ago).

And, needless to say, we pose the preceding questions because the very blistering and disarraying condition of these self-proclaimed Nkrumahists reflects diametrically opposite on what it really means to be an Nkrumahist. And it goes without saying that it was the proverbially uncanny ability of the putative founder of modern Ghana that significantly distinguished the Osagyefo from his political opponents. Thus, to go about claiming to be the heir of the foremost political organizer of contemporary Ghanaian politics and yet only acquit oneself as the most disorganized political force, reeks of nothing short of the outright scandalous. And, indeed, it is a scandal to have to live with the grim fact that the Ghanaian coordinate, or counterpart, of General George Washington today has no formidable political force to effect a significant impact on the post-colonial Ghanaian political landscape.

One reason, indeed, could be that those now claiming to be his heirs were, perhaps, too young to fully appreciate the ideological objectives of the man. A few of them might have even been members of the Young Pioneers’ Movement (YPM) – and there is nothing wrong about the latter. To be certain, as a toddler suffering from measles, I used to march “butt-naked,” as New Yorkers would say, behind some of the street-parades organized by the Young Pioneers. My elder brother and cousin, Chenard Sintim-Aboagye, were members of the YPM, and so were three or four of my elder female cousins.

One thing that I learned, even as a toddler, was the fact that the YPM was a civic organization which inculcated a positive sense of national identity in its members. It was, indeed, organizations such as the YPM that remarkably reduced the unsavory spate of ethnocentrism – or tribalism – in our country. Indeed, it is to the Osagyefo’s great credit that one often hears Ghanaians, as well as many other non-Ghanaian Africans, remark on the fact that the sort of intense and near-pathological tribalism that is routinely alleged to prevail in Nigeria, for instance, does not exist in Ghana. And to a remarkable extent, this may explain who so far our beloved country has been spared the sort of bestial mayhem raging through such countries as Liberia , Sierra Leone , Cote d’Ivoire , Congo-Kinshasa , Uganda , the Sudan and Rwanda . Some cynics and those who have not bothered to critically examine Ghanaian history glibly attribute the relatively tranquil Ghanaian situation to our purportedly compact ethnic affinities. In other words, to these cynics, the fact that one ethnic group, namely, the Akan, appears to predominate enforces a kind of kinship bond that acts as a brake on the potential outbreak of violence. Interestingly, however, the subscribers to the latter school of thought woefully fail to explain the numerous wars of conquest, expansion and severance fought among the Akan. The Akyem – Abuakwa, Kotoku and Bosome – fought at least an orally recorded ninety-nine (99) battles with the Asante . Needless to say, by and large, while the Akan have, indeed, been globally recognized as quite high up among the ranks of the most civilized humans, President Nkrumah’s unitary ideological approach to post-colonial Ghanaian politics massively contributed to the relatively more sophisticated Ghanaian national consciousness.

And here, it may be interesting to recall that this writer’s maternal grandmother, who possessed the equivalent of only a third- or fourth-grade of formal education, was often heard to remark that: “It was Kwame who arrived on the Ghanaian political landscape and proclaimed that Ghanaians were all one people. It was Kwame who said that there were no Fantes and Asantes, Northerners and Southerners; we are all Ghanaians.” Indeed, anytime that I recall these moments, I almost feel like laughing out loud; and the simple reason is that the very first time that I heard my grandmother make the preceding observation, I actually thought that the Old Lady was referring to me. Of course, it also didn’t hurt, at all, that I was also named Kwame. In fact, after the first of the preceding moments, I began to think that perhaps there was something special about all “Kwames,” that is, all Saturday-born Akans. (I know some godforsaken cynic is going to shortly E-mail me and tritely say that Nkrumah was an Nzema, Guan or some such ethnic affiliate, not Akan). And it also didn’t hurt that Dr. J. B. Danquah was also Kwame Kyeretwie, a great matador of sorts. And then I also learned from both Church and home that even God was a Kwame, which immediately seemed to explain the fact that the Almighty would take a rest on a Saturday, after spending the preceding six days creating and molding the world into ship shape. Later, I would also learn that the Osagyefo was not born on a Saturday at all, but on a Friday. But this damper, of course, hardly altered anything – for after all, wasn’t Friday just the elder cousin of Saturday?

On the 33rd anniversary of the overthrow of President Nkrumah, the People National Convention’s Dr. Edward Mahama also announced that he “intended to present a petition together with one-million signatures to back [up] his request” (Ghanaweb.com 4/28/05). Perhaps somebody ought to have reminded the PNC chief to transform his one-million signatures into veritable votes at the polls. For the most fitting tribute that these self-proclaimed Nkrumahists could pay their patriarch is to deliver palpable parliamentary seats in his name. This, of course, is not to gainsay the symbolic significance of institutionalizing an “Nkrumah Day.” After all, was it not only yesterday that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) had June 4th canonized as their “Butcher’s Day” commemoration? And yet, during the twenty years that these NATIONAL DECAPITATORS held their countrymen and women by the throat, almost every single achievement registered by the original CPP was either destroyed or neglected or simply allowed to go to the proverbial dogs by the NDC. Thus, it came as absolutely no surprise when some fellow countrymen and women told this writer that they considered the greatest achievement of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to have been the latter’s ability to promptly proscribe the odious and orgiastic celebration of the so-called June 4th, 1979 Revolution. There are quite a few hurdles which Dr. Mahama’s petition is likely to encounter, not the least of which remains the fact of the woeful inability of the Nkrumahists to trounce the so-called National Democratic Congress (NDC) at the polls and in parliament. Thus, it cannot be overemphasized that the PNC/CPP need to immediately get their proverbial act together or promptly kiss their petition good-bye, so long! Secondly, it ought to be clear to the PNC/CPP camp by now that the ruling NPP does not share the same level of ideological, emotional and political capital which the institutionalizatio n of an “Nkrumah Day” is likely to accrue. And it is quite plausible to fathom that were the PNC/CPP the ruling party, it would be highly unlikely, if not outright impossible, to get these ardent Nkrumahists to subscribe to the institutionalizatio n of a “Danquah-Busia Day.” And the dissenters, no doubt, would have come out with a million reasons why a “Danquah-Busia Day” is not worthy of a parliamentary debate. As it stands, it is almost as if the PNC/CPP is asking the ruling NPP to readily commit political suicide, a highly unlikely scenario.

Indeed, the last time that I was in Ghana (January 2002), I visited the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and asked permission of the tourist guide – a fine, young graduate of Legon – to place my two palms on the Osagyefo’s tomb. The permission was graciously granted, and I offered a minute’s silence in prayer, after which I was conducted on a tour around. Needless to say, the KNM is arguably the greatest achievement of the patently anti-human, populist National Democratic Congress. But the fact that it took almost two decades for common sense to prevail in order to erect the KNM also roundly negates this achievement. Of course, those of us avid watchers of the Ghanaian political landscape vividly understood the “expediency factor” behind the construction of the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum.

In the final analysis, however, what may be aptly called for is the more inclusive institutionalizatio n of a “BIG-SIX DAY” or even a “PIONEERS’ DAY,” just like the “PRESIDENTS’ DAY” here in the United States of America . For already, there are too many public holidays; likewise, too many pioneering Ghanaians contributed to the auspicious foundation and development of our country. And, needless to say, were he still corporeally with us, Dr. Nkrumah himself would have promptly admitted of the fact that the foundation and development of Ghana was not the handiwork of one man. Indeed, the vacuous days of personality cults are far behind us; wake up, Dr. Mahama!


*Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., Ph.D., is on a Sabbatical Leave from Nassau Community College of the State University of New York, Garden City, where he teaches English and Journalism. He is the author of SOUNDS OF SIRENS: ESSAYS IN AFRICAN POLITICS & CULTURE (iUniverse.com ).
AHOOFE SHOULD READ THIS.SHAME
Author: 10%
Date: 04-10 01:14 

Introduction)


It is one thing adoring one’s kin and/or mentor regardless of his or her nefarious deeds and treasonable acts, and it is another thing trying to impose such an individual on a nation as a hero. Every nationalist, seeker of truth, sincere scholar and student of Ghana’s political history should have been deeply startled and traumatized by the sudden public utterances by President Kufour and the Okyehene Amoatia Ofori Panyin in February 2005, and the subsequent articles by Dr. Kwame Okoampa Ahoofe in a desperate attempt to turn Dr. J. Danquah into a “compatriot saint of Ghana.” In fact, the arguments they advanced in support of their mendacious claims suffer from a severe historical amnesia.
Criteria of National Heroes

An inventory of history shows that people who build social movements to wage protracted national liberation struggles against colonial and imperialist governments, as well as settler regimes are the ones who attain the status of national heroes. Out of the struggles emerge outstanding personalities who, by their visions, intellectual astuteness and exemplary personal sacrifices, effectively inspired and articulated the wishes and aspirations of the oppressed people. Such struggles in Africa after the Second Imperial War produced historical personalities as Eduardo Mondlane, Agostinho Neto, Nelson Mandela, Jomo Kenyatta, Amilcar Cabral and, of course, Kwame Nkrumah. Critical to their protracted non-violent and/or armed struggles was the active agency of the ordinary people—women and men alike. As such, they advanced nationalist agenda that embraced all people irrespective of their ethnicities, social classes, gender and religious beliefs. Furthermore, such historical personalities invariably committed revolutionary suicide towards the freedom of African people. These are the criterion that J. B. Danquah’s place in Ghana’s political history ought to be investigated and judged. Otherwise, dirty politics false claims and public pronouncements by President Kufour and the Okyehene, as well as Dr. Okoampa’s simple-minded articles regarding Danquah as a “great patriot” and his alleged “criticism” of Kwame Nkrumah can seriously lead to falsification of history to achieve a short-term gain, as has been the case of the traitor Emmanuel K. Kotoka.
Dr. J. B. Danquah: The Prime Minister Ghana Never Had?

What is shocking about the campaign was President Kufour’s ill-mannered rewriting of Ghana’s political history in order to adore, as well as honor his political ancestor, Dr. J. B. Danquah. The president’s melancholic statement that “Danquah was the best Prime Minister Ghana never had” was an insult to the dignity and integrity of Kwame Nkrumah who uncompromisingly championed the course of Ghana’s independence at his personal sacrifice (violent attacks). Also, the claim that Danquah was a “pathfinder, who blazed the trail for the country's independence” is out of sync with the facts of history. In Governor Burns’ constitutional reform in the late 1930s, Danquah pressed for the creation of an Office of Minister of Home Affairs for himself. But his prospect was jeopardized by his involvement in the barbaric murder of Odikro Akyea Mensah of Apedwa (one of the Amantoo-mmiensa towns) in February 1944. Odikro Akyea Mensah was one of the (over 80) children of Ofori Atta I, and had served as his personal clerk and tribunal Registrar. His murder was to supply blood for the “blackening” of the ceremonial stool of the deceased and providing companion for the Omanhene in his journey to the under world. This barbaric act brought Danquah into conflict with judicial and executive authorities, thereby making him a persona non grata with Governor Allen Burns.

Defending the convicted criminals (four) sons of the late Ofori Atta I and four other royal members to the hilt were J.B. Danquah and Edward Akuffo Addo. After repeated appeals before the Privy Council in London to overturn the guilty verdict, Danquah went to the extent of mobilizing his political connections in England to obtain execution of stay of the death sentences. Hereafter, any effort by Danquah to secure personal representation of the non-traditional groups (farmers, trade unions and the Youth Congress) in the Legislative Council was doomed to failure. What a compatriot saint!


On hindsight, President Kufour’s lamentation over J. B. Danquah’s rejection by the people in the electoral votes to become their “best Prime Minister” in the Gold Coast or Ghana is a serious indictment of the Danquah himself. After the birth and popularity of the CPP, the Working Committee of the UGCC meeting in Saltpond in 1949 passed a vote of no confidence of Dr. J. B. Danquah’s leadership. And shortly after the CPP victory in the 1951 election, the UGCC collapsed. The CPP won 34 out of the 38 seats. Even, Danquah’s election to the Legislative Assembly in 1951 was through the municipal election/electoral collage and not by popular vote. The 1950 Coussey Constitution, which Danquah wholeheartedly endorsed, was not designed for the Africans to take over the Government. It was formulated “as an adaptation of the principle of indirect rule,” whereby “change would come through and with the consent of the traditional authorities.” Furthermore, the office of Leader of Government Business had been set aside for the Attorney-General, an office for a British official. But through pressures from Nkrumah, the Governor, on March 5, 1952, addressed the Legislative Assembly that “the Leader of Government Business should disappear from the Constitution and that the Office of Prime Minister should be formally recognized.” Dr. J. B. Danquah not only opposed it, but he also characterized it as window dressing.


In his September 1, 1955 proposal to the Akyem Abuakwa State Council, Ofori Atta II warned that any stool heir in the state and royal member of Kyebi dynasty who supported the CPP would be committing subversive activities against the “chiefs and “Chieftaincy.” In the process, the Akyem Abuakwa State resources were mobilized in support of Danquah. The Okyeman’s great oath was also administered to 140 chiefs to declare their allegiance to Danquah and the NLM. Yet still, Danquah was defeated in the 1956 general election by his nephew, Kofi Asante Ofori Atta of Tafo. So, how could Danquah have become the best Prime Minister after the electorate in his Akyem Abuakwa Central constituency rejected him in the 1954 and 1956 general elections, including loosing the votes in his hometown, Kyebi? What a heroic legacy!
Danquah the Anti-Nationalist and Secessionist

Perhaps, the best way to show Danquah’s anti-nationalist and secessionist stance is to pose the following questions: First, aside from his loyalty and collusion with the unlawful British colonial government and imperial British crown, what drastic measures did J. B. Danquah take to end colonialism in the Gold Coast? Second, how was he a national hero when he collaborated with his brother “Sir” Nana Ofori Atta I and the colonial government to suppress the Aborigines Rights Protection Society (ARPS) and the National Congress of British West Africa? Third, in view of his total contempt for the ordinary people in the country, especially the so-called immigrant Kwahu, Ga, Krobo, Ewe, Northern, Juaben and Akwapim people in Akyem Abuakwa, how was he a nationalist? Fourth, was he not the one who called for Nkrumah’s neck and also rejoiced over Nkrumah’s imprisonment in connection with the Positive Action campaign in 1950? Fifth, did not Danquah and his brother, Sir” Nana Ofori Atta 1 use their convivial relationship with the colonial government to deport Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe from the Gold Coast in 1936, characterizing him as a nuisance in the country? Sixth, why would the “nationalist” Danquah form the Gold Coast Youth Congress, a loose organization of literary club to the exclusion of the radical Wallace Johnson’s Youth League, the coastal intelligentsia and ARPS under Kobina Sekyi? Seventh, how on earth would the “doyen of Gold Coast” politics weep in jail like a child in connection with the national uprising against colonial injustices, and then blame his comrade “Ako Adjei for his part in recommending” Nkrumah to the UGCC? Eighth, what were Dr. J. B. Danquah and his brother Nana Ofori Attah II doing at the Ga State Council where Nkrumah had been summoned to be reprimanded for his planned Non-Violent Positive Action against the British colonial government in June 1950? Ninth, notwithstanding his systematic campaign to banish Kwame Nkrumah from Accra as a “stranger,” as well as his repeated violent campaigns and collaboration with the CIA to overthrow the democratically elected government of Kwame Nkrumah between 1951 and 1964, how was Danquah a “compatriot saint?” Finally, how did the “great patriot” Danquah end up on the CIA payroll? The fact is, Danquah and his comrades did not only oppose everything that Kwame Nkrumah and his government proposed, did or stood for, but they also sought every means possible to deport Nkrumah from Accra as well as eliminate him physically from the political scene. Therefore, Dr. J. B Danquah’s so-called criticism of Nkrumah is a sham. As history shows us, the dreadful traditional ruler Nana Ofori Atta I was very instrumental in the creation and implementation of the draconian indirect rule system in the colony. And it was to legitimatize and entrench Ofori Atta’s despotic rule in the three Akyem states that he asked Danquah to write the “Akim Abuakwa Constitution.” In fact, all the political actions that Danquah took were at the behest of the Ofori Atta dynasty, for the benefit of few educated elite and his own selfish interest. On March 14, 1956, for instance, Danquah and his brother Ofori Atta II told a visiting parliamentarian delegation to Kyebi that “Party politics was an alien political form which” had “created civil strife and violent dissension between father and son.” Accordingly, if the British showed no understanding, Akyem Abuakwa would secede from the country “as a sovereign and independent state with the only rival of the Ashanti country.” A compatriot saint indeed!
Naming the University of Ghana after Danquah?

The call by the Okyehene to rename the premier university of Ghana after Dr. J. B. Danquah is the most absurd of the public statements. In 1951, it was Danquah who vehemently and steadfastly opposed the 1951 Local Council Ordinance Bill and the establishment of Cocoa Marketing Board introduced by Nkrumah’s internal-self government. Thus, if Danquah had won the debate, the Kwame Nkrumah government would not have generated the requisite revenue for the first five-year development plan, containing the construction of the Volta River Project, Tema Harbor and City, Adomi Bridge, Okomfo Anokye Hospital, democratization of education, the Medical School and the planning and construction of the University of Ghana at Legon. In fact, the prerogative to rename the premier university of Ghana after any Ghanaian of repute, if necessary, belongs to the people of Labadi via their king and the Ga State Council and NOT the Okyehene Nana Amoatia Ofori Panyin and his Chief of Staff of Akyem Abuakwa. It was the king of Labadi who gave the land, La Goon (La Hill) to Kwame Nkrumah’s Government to construct the University of Ghana at its current site. On my list of such great persons of national importance are: 1) Nii Ayi Kushi, the founder of the Ga State by 1500; 2) Nii Kwabena Bonne, (by tradition the Oyokohene of Takyiman) who, in 1948, organized a nationwide boycott of European goods and the colonial injustices; 3) Sgt. Adjetey, a martyr and the leader of the Ex-Servicemen, who marched in 1948 to the Castle to demand the promises given them by the British government before the Second Imperial War; 4) Nana Dr. Kobina Nketsia, the Omanhene of Asikado, who was jailed for his protest against the imprisonment of Kwame Nkrumah in connection with the 1950 Positive Action campaign. Furthermore, he served as the first Vice-Chancellor of the newly restructured University of Ghana and its separation from the University of London; and 5) Nana Akumfi Ameyaw of Takyiman, the leader of the Bono-Kyempem. It was due to his fortitude that saved the country from a bloody civil war, which was manifested in the declaration of secessionism by the NLM and the Northern Peoples Party (NPP) on November 20, 1956. We must bear in mind that President Kufour’s competitor for the 2000 NPP presidential candidate Nana Akufo-Addo and J. B. Danquah, both MPs representing two Akyem Abuakwa constituencies are directly or indirectly related to Dr. J. B. Danquah. So, the sudden public adoration of Danquah at the beginning of President Kufour’s second term comes as no surprise to some of us. For instance, after the CIA inspired military coup that overthrew the government of Kwame Nkrumah on February 24, 1966, this same Danquah-Busia camp via the military junta named the uncompleted Ghana’s international airport after Africa’s traitor Col. Emmanuel Kotoka. Later, honorary doctoral degrees were conferred upon Major Afrifa and the Police Commissioner Harley for their traitorous act on behalf of the NATO block (read John Stockwell, Opoku Agyeman works and Komer’s report for details). In addition, Obetsebi Lamptey (partly responsible for the rapid bomb explosions in Accra between 1961 and 1962 that killed over three hundred children) and J.B. Danquah were named after two circles constructed by Kwame Nkrumah. What an Irony?

Indeed, imposing Dr. J. B. Danquah on the nation “as a compatriot saint” is a mockery of Ghana’s unitary government that Kwame Nkrumah fought so hard to achieve.

?Dr. Botwe-Asamoah is the author of the Cheikh Anta Diop Award for excellence in scholarship book, Kwame Nkrumah’s Politico-Cultural Thought and Policies, published by Routledge.

Kwame Botwe-Asamoah, Ph.D.
Professor of African/African American History
University of Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Incongruous comparison
Author: Akyemkwaa
Date: 04-08 14:32 

One cannot compare Nkrumah to Hitler by any stretch of imagination. This is a sad reflection on your scholarship and reflects your poor sense of judgment. I am not surprised that the only place you could find a teaching job was Nassau Community College. If I were you, I will concentrate on my teaching job and only occasionally write articles that are progressive and enrich the Ghanaian discourse on nation building and not just clog GhanaWeb with your one-sided NPP propaganda.
Mr Needless To Say?
Author: Wonyonsi
Date: 04-03 02:02 

If it, indeed, is needless to say (which phrase you used twice in this piece), why then did you need to say it?

And when shall we see an article by you in which the words 'putative' and 'patent' are not used?

And is whether he is an uncle or whatever so important that you spent so much time discussing it? If it was to demonstrate that the author is not holding on to the facts, isn't it enough to only mention it briefly?

Anyway, I've been looking for your books to buy. I live in a northern European country and can't get them in the bookshops here. Do I have to get them online from the US which I am a bit loath to do?
Ahoofe, you are just STUPID
Author: A.Otoo
Date: 03-30 12:04 

This insane and stupid Okoampe-Ahoofe should leave serious readers in peace with his useless articles. I am sure this mad Ahoofe-man is a CIA agent. I know the educational system in the US very well and if you Ahoofe had a proper Ph.D degree from a good and high quality university, you would not be teaching in a Secondary School as an Associate Professor. Community College is equivalent to our the old Secondary School System (Form five - Lower Sixth level). Your J.B.Danquah never made an impact on Ghanaian politics. This man never won a parliamentary seat. Danquah was just a traitor and an agent of the Whiteman. Danquah cannot compare himself even to the shoes of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah let alone his achievements.

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