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How Kwame Nkrumah’s Legacy Benefits Ghana-China Relations

by Adenike Adeodun

In an era of fluctuating global alliances, the relationship between Ghana and China is a testament to the foresight of Ghana’s first president, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

Yesterday, at a special ceremony in Accra commemorating Nkrumah’s legacy, Anani Demuyakor, the Chairman of the Ghana-China Friendship Association (GHACHIFA), highlighted the enduring dividends of this friendship.

“At a time when China wasn’t a global powerhouse and faced ostracization from the Western world, Dr. Nkrumah championed strong relations between Ghana and China, united by shared socialist principles,” Demuyakor emphasized.

“Today, this relationship has rendered products like electronics significantly more affordable for Ghanaians.”

The ceremony, jointly organized by GHACHIFA and the Chinese Embassy, featured a wreath-laying event at the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park and Mausoleum.

Nkrumah, a global proponent of freedom and independence, is celebrated annually on Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day to honor his tireless efforts for Ghana’s liberation from British rule.

Graphic Online reported that Demuyakor further commented that Dr. Nkrumah’s vision of a peaceful, united world is ever-relevant, especially when examined against current international tensions.

“Remember, Dr. Nkrumah was unseated during an international peace mission in Vietnam. His vision still offers a guidepost, and we must continue to honor him,” he stated.

Kojo Amoo-Gottfried, the founder of GHACHIFA and former ambassador, argued that Nkrumah’s vision has made Ghana a respected name globally.

He stressed the importance of remembering Nkrumah so that younger generations are informed about his enduring impact.

GHACHIFA’s General Secretary, Dr. Benjamin Anyagre, broadened the lens by connecting Nkrumah’s Pan-Africanist ideals with emerging international partnerships like the BRICS alliance (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

“These coalitions aim for poverty alleviation and the betterment of society. China alone has lifted approximately 500 million people out of poverty,” Anyagre noted.

Wei Qiang Yang, the Deputy General Secretary of GHACHIFA, confirmed that the longstanding political relationship has provided immense benefits to the citizens of both nations.

He said, “The saying goes, it takes two hands to clap. China and Ghana’s friendship is destined to last forever,” assuring the collaboration will continue to evolve.

As we reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the indelible footprint of his vision in Ghana-China relations offers compelling evidence that friendships founded on mutual ideals can traverse decades and deliver tangible benefits for nations and their people.

Source: Graphic Online

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