Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s-Independence Speech.


At long last, the battle has ended!  And thus, Ghana, your beloved country is free forever!

And yet again, I want to take the opportunity to thank the people of this country; the youth, the farmers, and the women who have so nobly fought and won the battle.

Also, I want to thank the valiant ex-servicemen who have so cooperated with me in this mighty task of freeing our country from foreign rule and imperialism.

And, as I pointed out… from now on, today, we must change our attitudes and our minds.  We must realize that from now on we are no longer a colonial, but free, and independent people.

But also, as I pointed out, that also entails hard work.  That new Africa is ready to fight his own battles and show that after all the black man is capable of managing his own affairs.

We are going to demonstrate to the world, to the other nations, that we are prepared to lay our foundation our own African personality.

As I said to the Assembly a few minutes ago, I made a point that we are going to create our own Africa personality and identity.  It is the only way we can show the world that we are ready for our own battles.

But today, may I call upon you all, that on this great day let us all remember that nothing can be done unless it has the support of God.

We have won the battle and again rededicate ourselves… OUR INDEPENDENCE IS MEANINGLESS UNLESS IT IS LINKED UP WITH THE TOTAL LIBERATION OF AFRICA.

Let us now, fellow Ghanaians, let us now ask for God’s blessing for only two seconds, and in your thousands and millions.

I want to ask you to pause for only one minute and give thanks to Almighty God for having led us through our difficulties, imprisonments, hardships, and sufferings, to have brought us to our end of troubles today. One minute silence.

Ghana is free forever!  And here I will ask the band to play the Ghana National Anthem.

Reshaping Ghana’s destiny, I am depending on the millions of the country, and the chiefs and the people, to help me to reshape the destiny of this country.  We are prepared to pick it up and make it a nation that will be respected by every nation in the world.

We know we’re going to have difficult beginnings, but again, I am relying on your support….  I am relying upon your hard work.

Seeing you in this…  It doesn’t matter how far my eyes go, I can see that you are here in your millions.  And my last warning to you is that you are to stand firm behind us so that we can prove to the world that when the African is given a chance, he can show the world that he is somebody!

We have awakened.  We will not sleep anymore. Today, from now on, there is a new African in the world!

Happy Independence day

Some Quotes of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah

“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.” ~ Kwame Nkrumah

“Action without thought is empty. Thought without action is blind.” ~ Kwame Nkrumah

“The forces that unite us are intrinsic and greater than the superimposed influences that keep us apart.” ~ Kwame Nkrumah

“Those who would judge us merely by the heights we have achieved would do well to remember the depths from which we started.” ~ Kwame Nkrumah

“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?” ~ Kwame Nkrumah

“I am not African because I was born in Africa but because Africa was born in me.” ~ Kwame Nkrumah

“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” ~ Kwame Nkrumah

“Capitalism is a development by refinement from feudalism, just as feudalism is development by refinement from slavery. Capitalism is but the gentlemen’s method of slavery.” ~ Kwame Nkrumah

“We have awakened. We will not sleep anymore. Today, from now on, there is a new African in the world!” ~ Kwame Nkrumah

“Africa is one continent, one people, and one nation. The notion that in order to have a nation it is necessary for there to be a common language, a common territory, and common culture has failed to stand the test of time or the scrutiny of scientific definition of objective reality… The community of economic life is the major feature within a nation, and it is the economy which holds together the people living in a territory. It is on this basis that the new Africans recognize themselves as potentially one nation, whose dominion is the entire African continent.” ~ Kwame Nkrumah

“Africa is a paradox which illustrates and highlights neo-colonialism. Her earth is rich, yet the products that come from above and below the soil continue to enrich, not Africans predominantly, but groups and individuals who operate to Africa’s impoverishment.” ~ Kwame Nkrumah

“All people of African descent, whether they live in North or South America, the Caribbean, or in any part of the world are Africans and belong to the African nation.” ~ Kwame Nkrumah

“The independence of Ghana is meaningless unless it is linked up with the total liberation of the African Continent” ~ Kwame Nkrumah

“We face neither East nor West: we face forward.” ~ Kwame Nkrumah

“Freedom is not something that one person can bestow on another as a gift. They claim it as their own and none can keep it from them.” ~ Kwame Nkrumah

“Revolutions are brought about by men, by men who think as men of action and act as men of thought.” ~ Kwame Nkrumah

“I believe strongly and sincerely that with the deep-rooted wisdom and dignity, the innate respect for human lives, the intense humanity that is our heritage, the African race, united under one federal government, will emerge not as just another world bloc to flaunt its wealth and strength, but as a Great Power whose greatness is indestructible because it is built not on fear, envy, and suspicion, nor won at the expense of others, but founded on hope, trust, friendship and directed to the good of all mankind.” ~ Kwame Nkrumah

“For centuries, Europeans dominated the African continent. The white man arrogated to himself the right to rule and to be obeyed by the non-white; his mission, he claimed, was to “civilize” Africa. Under this cloak, the Europeans robbed the continent of vast riches and inflicted unimaginable suffering on the African people.” ~ Kwame Nkrumah

Hope you enjoyed this write-up? Let’s join hands to develop the Ghana and Africa we want.

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