Nkrumah and the Quest for African Unity
Kanu, Ikechukwu Anthony

Originally, Pan-Africanism, as a unique cultural and spiritual movement for the promotion of negritude became first used among the black Americans and West Indians of the 19th century. However, it assumed a political dimension in the 20th century, with several adherents, within and outside Africa. Kwame Nkrumah was one of the proponents of Pan-Africanism, a strong movement for African unity. He was the first African leader to attract international fame in this regard and represents for the black world a symbol of unity. It is therefore not surprising that the Organisation for African Unity is his brain child. As a radical nationalist, he believed that the true and complete independence of African can only be achieved as a united people with a common goal. The focus of this paper is to highlight Nkrumah’s political thought, how it addresses the problems of African independence and the global solution to Africa’s problems through a unified effort in Pan-Africanism.

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