A Historian at the University of Cape Coast says President Akufo-Addo did not misrepresent Ghana’s history in his independence day speech contrary to claims by the Convention Peoples Party (CPP), the party that eventually won independence for Ghana.
Prof. Kwame Osei Kwarteng said history is written based on perspectives, so it cannot be said that the president erred with his speech.
Speaking on Joy News’ news analysis programme, Newsfile on Saturday, he said “I have had time to listen to the tape and read the speech itself in its form and a careful perusal of the write-up tells me right away that he never distorted any history of Ghana.
“Histories are written from perspectives, so the president sought to – on this occasion, write his speech from nationalist perspective and those people who put up resistance, either cultural, political, social or economic against foreign domination…and that was what he sought to do,”
President Akufo-Addo has come under stern criticism over what has been described as the distortion of the country’s history when he delivered a speech at the 60th Anniversary celebrations earlier this week.
He said the UGCC, forebears of his current party, NPP, “met to demand independence from the British and 70 years after that event, one still marvels at the clarity of thought and the passion that they displayed.”
“Some of the names of that momentous day have survived in our written history and folk memory. Five of them are on our Ghanaian currency: Joseph Boakye Danquah; Emmanuel Obetsebi-Lamptey; William Ofori-Atta; Ebenezer Ako-Adjei; and Edward Akufo-Addo. Kwame Nkrumah, the sixth of the Big Six on the currency, was to join them later,” the President narrated.
The Convention People’s Party (CPP), whose founding father was Kwame Nkrumah took a dim view of the speech.
The party’s cadre Abdul Rauf said the president tweaked Ghana’s history to please his ancestry.
He said “we as a party can see a deliberate attempt by the president not only to minimize the role of Kwame Nkrumah in the independence struggle of the country, but also to take up arms against the history of our country because, for example, as a party, we have argued that it does not take one single individual to win independence for people it must take the effort and sacrifice of people.
“But in line with principles of history, it took one person’s effort to climax several years of the people’s struggle and in the case of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah assumed that role and any attempt to minimize or deny Kwame Nkrumah this role is most regrettable,” he added.