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Ghana doesn't have one founder - CPP Stalwart declares

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The Director of Academic Affairs at the Ghana Armed Forces Command Staff College, Vladimir Antwi-Danso, has stated categorically that Ghana was founded by the actors in the United Gold Coast Convention and not only Kwame Nkrumah.

The Director of Academic Affairs at the Ghana Armed Forces Command Staff College, Vladimir Antwi-Danso, has stated categorically that Ghana was founded by the actors in the United Gold Coast Convention and not only Kwame Nkrumah.

 

Dr Antwi-Danso, who is a stalwart of the Convention People's Party, made the statement at a symposium organized by the Danquah Institute yesterday under the theme, “The advent of UGCC and the independence of Ghana: examining their relevance in our contemporary society.”

He stated that, as an intellectual, he cannot distort the fact about the history of Ghana, emphasizing that the history of Ghana must be put in its proper perspective.

"I know all about the CPP – the good and the bad. I am an intellectual. It can't be one founder of independence," Dr Antwi-Danso stressed, adding that the UGCC and Nkrumah had the same goals.

He explained that the point of difference was that the majority of the UGCC members advocated independence in a shortest possible time whilst Nkrumah called for immediate self-government.

The respected scholar wondered what would have become of Dr Nkrumah or the nation’s independence if Paa Grant had not gathered resources to form the UGCC.

"It is important to recognize the roles the UGCC played in attaining the independence," he stated, adding: "It is a fact that Nkrumah was the arrow head. Nkrumah came to do the piercing."

According to the terrorism lecturer, it is unfortunate that as a country, politics has taken centre stage in all the social fibre, with the result being the continuous distortion of the country’s history.

"Depending on which political ideology is in government, activities are skewed to fulfill its agenda. The time has come for all of us as a people to put our political differences aside and think about a common developmental goal of Ghana," Dr Antwi-Danso appealed.

"I want to draw your attention to social engineering. We need a kind of social engineering. People believe we should not work and that God would provide. This concept is not good," he added.

He described Ghana's under development after sixty years of independence as political derailment.

Dr Antwi-Danso discounted the notion that some people were re-writing the history but stressed that a forum such as yesterday’s event was relevant to set the records straight.

Taking her turn, Elizabeth Ohene, a former minister of state for education in the Kufuor administration, discounted the notion that the NPP was re-writing Ghana's history.

According to Miss Ohene, anybody who attended university in the 1963, 1964 and 1965 attended Nkrumah Ideological Institute, where "Everyone was given an orientation.”

She added that JB Danquah had done all the work before the chosing of the name Ghana.

A Political Science lecturer at the University of Ghana, Evans Aggrey-Darko, stressed the need to acknowledge the contributions of all the people who fought for the attainment of independence for the country.

Dr Aggrey-Darko said excessive partisanship would undermine the development of Ghana, adding that historical events are important and must not be distorted at any point in time.

"The independence story would not be complete if we do not acknowledge the efforts of the people who founded it," he emphasized.

A historian and author of the book "Prempeh II: the making of modern Asante", Mary Owusu, described the no mention of women in the struggle for independence as unfortunate.

She described the country’s history as flawed, as there is no mentioning of women who supported the struggle.

"We as a nation should broaden our engagement with history to build a developed nation," Mary Owusu said.

The Executive Director of Danquah Institute, Kingsley Nyarko, stressed the importance of rewarding fellow statesmen devoid of political coloration.

Dr Nyarko was the view that extreme partisanship should not take the front stage in the country’s development agenda.

"Let us impartially reward our heroes. The birth of UGCC is still relevant. We must unit to fight corruption," he added.

The chairperson for the symposium, Dr. Margaret Ivy Amoakohene, enforced the earlier statements by the resource persons by concluding that, “one person could not have made the independence happen.

She said that the advent of the UGCC made it possible for Nkrumah to conclude the independence.

"It is not about which political party you belong but the history of Ghana. We could have mentioned all those women who provided water to the men during the struggle", Dr. Margaret Amoakohene mentioned.