Samia Yaba Christina Nkrumah (born 23 June 1960) is the daughter of the first President of the Republic of Ghana, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. She is a Ghanaian politician and member of the Convention People’s Party. In the 2008 parliamentary election, she won the Jomoro constituency seat at her first attempt. She is also a freelance journalist.
I have decided to enter active politics in Ghana to promote the enduring vision of my father, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, for Ghana and Africa’s socio-economic and cultural emancipation. I have come to understand that being Nkrumah’s daughter means being a daughter of Ghana and Africa and having a responsibility to Africans everywhere.
I was not always so sure of the way forward as I am today. The dangers of political life were brought home to me early on in life. The 1966 military coup that toppled Nkrumah’s government left me feeling confused and bewildered. It took many years and the experience of living and working in Ghana, Egypt, the United Kingdom and lastly Italy, to come full circle and realize that the Pan-African project as articulated by Nkrumah offers the best response to our ongoing challenges.
Nkrumah’s vision as outlined in his books are guidelines for Ghana and Africa and they remain as relevant today as in the 50s and 60s. Achieving political and economic liberation, social justice and national and continental unity including the African Diaspora are yet to be realized. It is our task today to continue from where Nkrumah left while remaining flexible as we adapt to changing circumstances.
Nkrumah’s presence in my life, as in the lives of many other Africans, has been constant, powerful and lasting and his ideas have resonance with many of us irrespective of political persuasion. So while I am affiliated with a particular political party, I am embracing all Ghanaians in my thoughts.
I am inspired to connect more fully with my tradition and culture and to reach out to our people from the periphery and together bridge the gap with the centre. My starting point will be Nkrumah’s region of birth and childhood and it is there that I will begin my political journey. It would be a great privilege for me to have the opportunity to see firsthand the conditions in which the majority of our people live and to understand the urgency of meeting their social needs.
Forward Ever – Backward Never!
My political objectives closely reflect my understanding of Kwame Nkrumah’s vision to speed up Ghana and Africa’s development.
I will contribute to the realization of social justice and equality as well as national unity. I will focus on education and responding to the most urgent social needs of the people with special focus on women and youth issues.
No nation has progressed without investing heavily in human resources.
We will assess the conditions in schools to see how we can improve them.
We will promote scholarships and training opportunities to provide skilled human capital as well as to meet individual needs to progress in life and think freely.
We need to nurture our positive feminine qualities like grace, dignity, patience, humility, selflessness, and care in politics, local government and in every department of life. We can contribute to this goal by promoting women’s issues and working at removing the obstacles hindering women’s access to education, work and business.
In Ghana as in most African countries, we have a growing population of young people. We need to focus on young people’s priorities if we want to go forward as a nation. We are fortunate to have a culture that teaches us to listen to our elders. We in addition need to think of creative ways of engaging our youth in our development and economy. We want to actively involve our youth in our activities and programmes. The energy, enthusiasm, courage and intellectual humility of young people are qualities that we need to nurture in all of us.
4. Local manufacturing
Producing more products locally is an essential pillar of development. We must look for and encourage better production at home. This is not to reject trade with the outside world, but to become more competitive and effective trading partners.
5. International perspective
Having lived and worked in different countries and contients has given me an international perspective. It has also shown me the importance of cooperating with like-minded forces worldwide. A powerful message has universal appeal.
6. National unity and Pan-Africanism
We will work to further national cohesion and discourage ethnic and religious divides. We will also promote a culture of Pan-Africanism. We must encourage national and continental unity including the African Diaspora. Being active in Diaspora activities in Europe has brought home to me the undeniably constructive role the African Diaspora must play in our development and progress. Pan-Africanism also encourages building global alliances including South-South cooperation.
Credit: Hon. Samia Nkrumah’s formal website http://www.samiankrumah.org
Congratulations to Hon. Samia Nkrumah for winning the National Chairmanship of the CPP.