The Mind of Kwame Nkrumah: Manual for the Study of Consciencism

About the Book

Certainly a new wind is blowing over Africa. Not only are academicians and intellectuals reviving their interest in Kwame Nkrumah. They have also questioned and are questioning the decades of neglect in the study of the ideas of the man. Agitations are on foot at centres of learning to incorporate such studies into the curriculum of university studies in Africa. This renewed interest in Kwame Nkrumah occasions discomfort in the souls of certain persons who now seek to revise and distort the very intellectual foundations of the man whose spirit has invoked a quick response and reaction in this Manual.

About the Author

The need for a proper understanding of Kwame Nkrumah’s thoughts and actions inspired this Manual. Decades of neglect in the study of his ideas and the difficulty of reading to understand the philosophical statement in his book, Consciencism – Philosophy and Ideology for Decolonisation, which employs technical philosophical terms, have offered opportunities for his ideological opponents to bend the thrust of his intellectual direction in the service of ends that he is opposed to.

To simplify that philosophical statement and render it accessible to the youth of Africa and of the African Diaspora appears to me the viable and democratic means of exposing that intellectual corruption.

As a student of Philosophy, History and Political Science at the University of Ghana in the 1970s I understood from Kwame Nkrumah’s works that his fundamental political concern was to replace the inherited colonial state system with one that facilitates the implementation of indigenous policies against foreign exploitation of Africa.

After the completion of my university education and National Service, which coincided with the June 4 Uprising in 1979, I did not only urge the Uprising to focus on building new State institutions to replace the inherited colonial state in an article captioned ‘Ghana’s Reluctant Revolution’, published by the People’s Evening News, but also initiated the formation of the People’s Revolutionary League of Ghana (The League) to pursue that agenda. I was the General Secretary of The League until 1982.

The December 31, 1981 coup in Ghana offered further opportunities for the pursuit of the same agenda as I participated in the formation of People’s and Workers’ Defence Committees in the effort to build an alternate State system to replace the inherited colonial state apparatus.

In-between and after those efforts I wrote many polemical articles in the cause of that agenda. This Manual is an item in the process of the agenda. Writing since 1978 on this singular theme I continue, being in my late 50s, to write in anxiety of informing the youth and generations yet to come about these efforts to replace the colonial and neo-colonial states of Africa and elsewhere for true national independence of all peoples.

In 1981/82, I was the Editor of the Daily Citadel which afforded me with the opportunity to write extensively on my favourite topic – replacing the inherited colonial/neo-colonial state apparatus.

Currently, I continue to focus on practical efforts to achieve a truly independent and united African Nation and write in support of that endeavour.