Chapter 2: The Power Struggle in Ghana under Nkrumah

Chapter 2: The Power Struggle in Ghana under Nkrumah

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  • November 4, 2014

Dr. Kwame NkrumahExcepts from “The political History of Ghana (1950-2014)”
Chapter 2: The Power Struggle in Ghana under Nkrumah

Nkrumah’s overthrow in February 1966 was principally the result of his conflict with the opposition, which external forces exploited. Until he broke away to form the Convention People’s Party (CPP) in 1949, the nationalist movement was united under the banner of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC). Nkrumah’s haste for independence made him break ranks with his colleagues of the UGCC, at whose invitation he returned to Ghana to join the independence struggle. The advent of the CPP set the stage for a most bitter power struggle centered on, among other things, strategies for achieving independence and the choice of political system for an independent Ghana – a unitary or federal system of government.

With the creation of the National Liberation Movement (NLM) in
Ashanti, the contest entered a more violent stage and slowed the pace of development towards independence. The NLM was perceived as an instrument of Ashanti nationalism – led by Baffour Osei Akoto…
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