Lady Ghana: Samia Yaba Christina Nkrumah

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«Forward ever, Backwards never»

It doesn’t always happen that an African politician is featured on the cover of an Italian magazine and when it should happen, a South Korean diplomat appears on it.  #OhChale !

Two weeks ago, Il Venerdì, a weekly supplement of La Repubblica – the most read newspaper in Italy  dedicated its front page to Samia Nkrumah, daughter of Ghana’s first President Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. On the cover CPP’s Chairwoman is elegantly dressed in a green “ahwene pa nkasa” cloth (that’s the name of the fabric wore by Lady Ghana) and her head is soberly wrapped in the duku. But what captures the reader’s eye is her radiant, contagious smile.

The smile of Ghana’s “prodigal” daughter who, after being 25 years abroad (she lived in London, Cairo and Rome), had the courage and the determination to go back home and serve her beloved Country, carrying on the legacy of our Father Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. «Her program follows the footprints of her father’s: Africa for the Africans, hopefully united in a federation which will overcome the tribal and religious conflicts manipulated by the colonists and the neo-colonists». (P. Zanuttini)

In the article, Paola Zanuttini drew an analogy that didn’t sound out of tune: she described Samia as the Sub-Saharan San Suu Kyi, but less tragic. Both Aung San Suu Kyi and Samia Nkrumah have taken what their Fathers had started and envisioned for their nation. Furthermore, Samia, like San Suu Kyi, is a Member of Parliament (the only CPP’s MP) and she represents the small percentage of women who occupy parliamentary seats.

It’s a shame that Ghana, a model for Africa in terms of its democratic practices, can “boast” only 19 women Parliamentarian out of a total of 230; which means that 8.26% of the parliamentary seats are occupied by women, and yet they constitute 51.2% of the population. #OhChale ! An equal participation of women, not just in politics but in every sector of Ghanaian society, will prove that Ghana is indeed a developed country, becoming a model for Africa in terms of social practices as well.

Rita Marley supporting Hon. Samia Nkrumah: "Working together for freedom"

Rita Marley supporting Hon. Samia Nkrumah: "Working together for freedom"

But while Ghana seems to be struggling with the social equality issue – proceeding in very small steps toward a fairer gender distribution – it’s striding on the economic path, leading Africa’s fastest growing economies. In 2011 Ghana registered 13.5% of GDP growth (world’s third best rate).

This impressive statistic, however, didn’t hinder Samia from making a critical remark. As she pointed out:

«This Country is fertile and very rich, but we export all the resources, and the export prices are fixed by others. […] Our riches slip through our fingers without creating jobs. All that we consume is imported. The GDP grows because we have natural resources and we’ve been having stability and alternation of power for some years. Yet the resources are exploited by foreigners. Right-wing or left-wing governments don’t change much: excessive laissez-faire and corruption. Meanwhile, the educational system and healthcare system are sinking. The Western world sees us as a model. Is this what democracy looks like?»

I’ll let you decide for yourself. But before answering Samia’s question, let me quote a Chinese saying that Kwame Nkrumah – as he had written in Africa Must Unite – had used to inspire the members of the CPP.

Go to the people
Live among them
Learn from them
Love them
Start with what they know
Build on what they have.

Samia has treasured the teachings and the Pan-African vision of the Osagyefo. «And I think that is such an honour that his own daughter, today is Chairman of his party. And who knows? Greater things ahead to come. She’s inherited her father’s charisma, she’s inherited his brains and I hope I’ll live long enough to see her as President of Ghana» (H.E. Mrs. Evelyn Anita Stokes-Hayford, Ambassador of Ghana to Italy).

Posted by: Theophilus (@tphilus)

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