A PRESS RELEASE BY THE KPANDO COLLECTIVE OF THE SOCIALIST MOVEMENT OF GHANA (SMG) ON FOUNDER’S DAY


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18th September 2021.
A PRESS RELEASE BY THE KPANDO COLLECTIVE OF THE SOCIALIST
MOVEMENT OF GHANA (SMG) ON FOUNDER’S DAY


In 1874, the British Empire took control over Gold Coast now Ghana. Britain was weakened
by the efforts of World War II and following a rising desire for independence, the masses led
by Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, led Ghana to independence, on March 6th, 1957. Thus,
becoming the first sub-Saharan African country to do so.


Dr. Nkrumah was the driving force behind the independence of Ghana from British rule.
He played a major role not only in uniting Ghana but the entire African continent which made
him deliver a powerful message on unity to African leaders on 24 May 1963 and below is an
excerpt from his speech delivered that day “A whole continent has imposed a mandate upon us to lay the foundation of our union at this conference. It is our responsibility to execute this mandate by creating here and now the
formula upon which the requisite superstructure may be created.

On this continent, it has not taken us long to discover that the struggle against colonialism does not end with the attainment of national independence. Independence is only the prelude to a new and more involved
struggle for the right to conduct our own economic and social affairs; to construct our society according to our aspirations, unhampered by crushing and humiliating neo-colonialist control and interference. From the start we have been threatened with frustration, where rapid change is imperative, and with instability, where sustained effort and ordered rule are indispensable.


No sporadic act nor pious resolution can resolve our present problems. Nothing will be of avail, except the united act of a united Africa. We have already reached the stage where we must unite or sink into that condition which has made Latin America the unwilling and distressed prey of imperialism after one-and-a-half centuries of political independence. As a continent, we have emerged into independence in a different age, with imperialism grown stronger, more
ruthless, and experienced, and more dangerous in its international associations.

Our economic advancement demands the end of colonialist and neo-colonialist domination of Africa”.
The Kpando collective is convinced beyond any doubt that Nkrumah led the agitation for the independence of Ghana and united the different ethnic groups and geographical areas into the modern republic of Ghana. The distinguished honour of founding the modern Ghana cannot be shared with those who declared that Ghana was not yet ready for independence and opposed the declaration of Ghana’s Republican status on July 1, 1960.


We, the Socialist Movement of Ghana will continue to hail and celebrate Dr Kwame Nkrumah
as the founder on 21 SEPTEMBER each year it was his effort which led to the building of the
modern Ghana

Kwame Nkrumah never dies.
Long live GHANA founded by Nkrumah!
Long live the Socialist Movement of Ghana!
Long live Africa!
Thank you.
Adanuty J. Paul
Convenor,

SMG-Kpando Collectiv


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