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Owusu-Ansah address marks Ghana independence

JMU professor of African history Dr. David Owusu-Ansah will be a principal speaker at an event in his native Ghana this month commemorating the anniversary of the nation’s independence.

Sept. 27, Ghana Founders’ Day, is the 60th anniversary of Ghana becoming the first sub-Saharan nation to abolish colonial rule. The date also marks the 108th anniversary of the birth of Ghana’s first president, Kwame Nkrumah.

David Owusu-Ansah

Yet, as the nation celebrates its 60th birthday there is the continued acrimonious debate as to who actually founded the country. One side credits the liberation of the country to the United Gold Co

ast Convention established in 1947. Others believe UGCC member Nkrumah successfully carried forth the fight for freedom. The UGCC political party is long since dissolved, but the profound work done by its then secretary, Mr. Nkrumah has left a lasting impact.

Ghana’s elections have been historically close, with last December’s election still in dispute. “The engagement of the courts in determining the fairness and accuracy of election results demonstrates the challenges to democracy,” Owusu-Ansah said. “More importantly, the conflicts between the leading political parties, in Ghana as it is recently evident in Kenya, is the legacy of ideological differences that dates back to the founding of the modern state.”

Owusu-Ansah will speak on “Contested After All These Years: Kwame Nkrumah in the Context of Ghana’s History.” His address will be part of the book launch for “Death of an Empire: Kwame Nkrumah in Ghana and Africa,” by Kwame Sanaa-Poku Jantuah

The event, jointly sponsored by the Heritage and Cultural Society of Africa and the Center for Intellectual Renewal, will be held at Christianburg Castle Gardens in Accra, Ghana.

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