Mar 06 2007
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Speech by Ghanian President Kwame Nkrumah to the United Nations in 1960. Courtesy of the Pacifica Radio Archives.
Today is the 50th anniversary of the independence of the West African state of Ghana. Ghana was the first black African country to obtain independence from colonial rule on March 6th, 1957. It’s first Prime Minister and later President, was a man by the name of Kwame Nkrumah, who was one of the main motivating forces behind independence from Britain. Nkrumah’s vision extended beyond Ghana to all colonized African states and he became legendary for speaking out against the colonization of Africa and was the first to publicly call for Pan-African unity. In 1963 Nkrumah organized a conference of the 32 independent African States in Addis Ababa. The Organization of African Unity (OAU) was formed at this conference with the purpose of working for the Unity, Freedom and Prosperity of the people of Africa. In 1965 Nkrumah published his book “Neocolonialism” in which he exposed how foreign companies and governments were enriching themselves at the expense of the African people. This book drew harsh protest from the US government and resulted in the cutting of economic aid. On February 24th, 1966 Nkrumah was overthrown in a US-supported military coup while on trip to Hanoi, North Vietnam and died 6 years later.
We’ll hear excerpts of a speech given by Kwame Nkrumah in 1960 at the United Nations. Special thanks to the Pacifica Radio Archives for preserving this sound, and making it available to us today.
To order the entire speech on CD (67 mins), call the Pacifica Radio Archives at 1800-735-0230 and request “Kwame Nkrumah at the UN in 1960”, Archive Number BB0139.