Kwame Nkrumah Foundation (KNF), an organization dedicated to the memory and championing of beliefs and ideology of Dr Kwame Nkrumah, first President of Ghana on Wednesday launched centenary celebration
in memory of his birth.
The year-long celebration will see a re-enactment of the declaration
of the independence day of Ghana, public lectures among others to whip up Nkrumaism enthusiasm among the peoples of the land.
Launching the celebration in Accra, Professor Agyeman Badu Akosa,
President of the KNF said Nkrumaism was still relevant so long as poverty
and deprivation continued to afflict Ghanaians.
Professor Akosa who is also a Pathologist and Lecturer at the University
of Ghana Medical School said the KNF would work under the code name; "Save
Ghana now" to ensure that the poverty gap was bridged in fulfillment of the dreams of the first President of the republic.
He mentioned some factories and developmental interventions of Dr Nkrumah which he said were left to lie fallow contributing to the low level of the country's development.
He defended the legacy and regime of the late President saying he was not an autocratic leader as being portrayed by some members of the society.
"We of the KNF pledge that we shall work tirelessly to redeem the image
of our selfless leader Osagyefo"
He said in view of Nkrumah's passion for education, the KNF would create
an ideas bank where writings shall be invited from the public and the most creative submissions awarded with prizes.
He said the overthrow of Nkrumah was a dark day in Ghanaian politics and also the beginning of the developmental woes of Ghana.
He called on the President John Atta Mills to initiate the process of making September 21, the birth-date of Nkrumah as a national holiday and pay
him his well-earned tribute.
As part of the activities for the celebration, the KNF hoped to create
a library on the premises of Kwame Nkrumah Mauseleum where speeches, documentaries and his writings would be assessed.