March 6th marks the day Ghana turns 56. In 1957, Ghana became the first Black African nation to gain independence from colonization. Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was one of the main leaders that helped Ghana obtain its independence from Britain. (Fun fact about Dr. Kwame Nkrumah: he attended the HBCU Lincoln University in Pennsylvania). After independence he became Ghana’s first Prime Minister and later first President.
Dr. Nkrumah (the “nk” in the beginning of the name is pronounced as the work “ink”) was legendary for speaking on breaking from colonial rule and creating a united Africa. He even published the book “Neocolonialism” where he discussed how foreign governments were benefiting at the expense of Africa. He ruled Ghana until 1966 when he was overthrown by a US-backed coup.
Today I was fortunate enough to go to the Nubuke Foundation, an center for the arts, to enjoy Independence Day. It’s here I met spoken word artist, Black, and heard his recorded piece “We Are Africa.” I practically BEGGED him for a copy to feature on the site.
In the piece, Black speaks in the voice of Nkrumah. He channels his wishes of independence, Africa’s renaissance, and Pan-Africanism.
Black told to me that the piece was actually inspired by a trip he took to South Africa in 2009.
Take a listen… and Happy Independence Day Ghana!