Dr. Kwame Nkrumah: A Man Of Overwhelming Vision


OsagyefoBy: Nana Arhin Tsiwah

For many decades Ghana a motherland where pure Gold, crystals of? diamonds, beans of cocoa, nuts of palm, tubers of yam and cassava and the likes are in abundance like the sunny hours of the Tropics is still struggling to have a tip of ideas relating to ‘INDUSTRIALISATION’.

Over fifty-six years of Independence from colonialist dictatorship, we are far lagging behind those of our competitors like India, Malaysia, Singapore, and the likes with whom we started the journey of progress, transformation and development with.

As if it were the curse of a mudding diety, we have so soon forgotten the legacy our founding father Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah left for us as a nation.

Here we are, living in the shallowness of our dreams and shadows trying in all respective fictitious tactics of strategising to make headway through the prevailing moments of a denying time which have no trace of realism.

Whereas in 1952, Nkrumah decided to give a transformative face-lift to Tema. Tema which was then a small fishing and farming community received tremendous transformation to a modern habour city. In the meantime, soon after independenbe in 1957, the Osagyefo set up the Ghana Industrial Holding Corporation (GIHOC) which had a number of manufacturing firms spread across the country.

Kumasi the capital of Ashante Region got her fair share of the national cake of the jute and leather factories producing cocoa sacks and footwear respectively.

In the calabashing pour-out, the Meat factory which was into the production of can beef had it location in Bolgatanga with Nsawam receiving her fair share of the Cannery. Esiama in the Western Region also had a boost to her tranformation could boast of the Esiama Oil Mills.

Today, after the sad and sudden overthrow of Kwame Nkrumah in February 1966, here we are trying to get a clue regarding how to start an “Industrial Revolution Restructure”.

The question is, why can’t we as a nation seeking for industrial breakthrough take a leaf from the ideals and visions that translated into his overwhelming success in the area of industrialisation?

Perhaps our leaders might still be living in the shadows of their of slumber. The time is now. We must rise and take those deliberate and concrete steps that would guide us to the promise land of Industrialisation.

Our leaders must institute measures that sees beyond mediocrity and ‘do-little’ attitude. All hands must be put on deck to find the best ?strategies of going industrialisation. If possible, the policies and ideologies of Nkrumah must be infused into the various policy measures of our dear nation. We must also as a nation get clear national policy frame-work that is geared towards this direction. With all these measures going into book, we shall be on safer side to actualising the goals and visions Osaygefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah had for this beloved Motherland (Ghana).

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