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By H. Fuller

Ghana has consistently held a place of primacy within the African political and ancient mind's eye, due in no small half to the indelible effect left president Kwame Nkrumah. This examine examines the symbolic options he used to build the Ghanaian country via foreign money, stamps, museums, flags, and different public icons.

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The chapter queries the sort of messages and historical narratives that Nkrumah attempted to convey through these public monuments. It demonstrates how Nkrumah’s public history etched in stone monuments was contested and deconstructed, as well as how his opponents reacted to this public personalization of his political power and branding of the nation. Chapter 7 underscores the symbolic implications of Nkrumah’s famous statement at Ghana’s Independence Ceremony, “To me the liberation of Ghana will be meaningless unless it is linked up with the liberation of Africa,” which was also engraved in the granite base of his giant statue at Parliament House.

B. Danquah and his cohorts. As Nkrumah consolidated his political powers, he replaced the national flag with that of his CPP and personalized the national anthem to make indicative references to his role in attaining Ghana’s independence. Moreover, the CPP and the Asante-dominated NLM waged fierce battles in the media about the esoteric meanings of party symbols, such as the former’s Red Cockerel logo and the latter’s Cocoa Tree logo and traditional flag. Chapter 2 probes how the Postage Stamps Committee (later renamed the Stamp Advisory Board of Ghana)—with Nkrumah’s approval—issued millions of postage stamps from independence until 1966.

This was intended to express particular nationalist ideals, mainly national unity out of regional, ethnic, and religious diversity. ”2 This chapter argues that while Ghanaian nationalism was inspired by the political realities and restrictions of colonialism on African soil, the construction of the first Ghanaian national and nationalist symbols, although having some roots in Africa, was informed by larger international patterns, especially Western ones, in the making of nations and nationalism.

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