On the occasion of ‘Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day’ (Formally ‘Founder`s Day’), a statutory public holiday commemorated annually in the nation of Ghana in honour of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the first president of the republic of Ghana, Ghana Talks Business presents a compilation of some notable quotes from this enigmatic figure.
Dr Kwame Nkrumah was one who was a Pan-Africanist to the core, a visionary. A high achiever and an exceptional leader. Little wonder, in 2000, he was voted Africa’s man of the millennium by listeners to the BBC World Service. You will find his cogitations as expressed in quotes remarkable, impressive, incisive and instructive.
Those who would judge us merely by the heights we have achieved would do well to remember the depths from which we started.
It is clear that we must find an African solution to our problems, and that this can only be found in African unity. Divided we are weak; united, Africa could become one of the greatest forces for good in the world.
Countrymen, the task ahead is great indeed, and heavy is the responsibility; and yet it is a noble and glorious challenge – a challenge which calls for the courage to dream, the courage to believe, the courage to dare, the courage to do, the courage to envision, the courage to fight, the courage to work, the courage to achieve – to achieve the highest excellencies and the fullest greatness of man. Dare we ask for more in life?
Action without thought is empty. Thought without action is blind.
As far as I am concerned, I am in the knowledge that death can never extinguish the torch which I have lit in Ghana and Africa. Long after I am dead and gone, the light will continue to burn and be borne aloft, giving light and guidance to all people.
The independence of Ghana is meaningless unless it is linked-up with the total liberation of the African Continent
We face neither East nor West: we face forward.
Revolutions are brought by men, men who think as men of action and act as men of thought.
What other countries have taken three hundred years or more to achieve, a once dependent territory must try to accomplish in a generation if it is to survive. Unless it is, as it were jet propelled it will lag behind and thus risk everything for which it has fought.
The best way of learning to be an independent sovereign state is to be an independent sovereign state.