Some historians and politicians may credit late Dr. Kwame Nkrumah as sole founder of the modern state of Ghana and subsequently led the country into independence after more than a century of colonial rule, but Professor Michael Ocquaye, a former Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament has disagreed with such claims.
While describing some of the claims as a lie, Prof Ocquaye argued that Nkrumah being the first President of the West African country can only be credited as being part of the founding fathers Ghana and not the sole founder.
Ghana on Sunday marked the birthday of Nkrumah and while speaking to a Ghanaian news portal, Ghanaweb.com the Prof Ocquaye stated: “I am only saying one truism which is the only truth that Kwame Nkrumah is not the founder of Ghana…he’s only among the founding fathers…,”
While shedding more light on why Nkrumah cannot be credited as the founding father of the former Gold Coast he argued thus: “If we credit Nkrumah as the sole founder of Ghana, then what is the meaning of the Big Six hailed by Ghanaians?”
Prof. Ocquaye continued that the national name for the emerging country and the various national symbols had been decided before Nkrumah appeared on Ghana’s political scenes and hence, is of the opinion that Nkrumah only continued building on the foundation for independence.
The former Dome-Kwabenya MP however said he was by no means discrediting Nkrumah with his achievements as Prime Minister. “When I was entering PRESEC, there were only 13 secondary schools, but Nkrumah increased the n umber to about 60 and that is a plus the Akosombo Dam and others are all pluses to him as well…”, he stated.