Kwame Nkuruma’s Journal.
This is a journal about the ups and downs of this historical figure who was the first president of Ghana- which is a West African country known for its cocoa exports. This journal used Nkrumah’s achievement to encourage other Africans to work hard towards patriotism and it is the volume II of an eight course volume.
It was printed by Marcus Galvy press London, England in the UK. The journal is well bound with well arranged text that have divided the topics discussed in sub-topics its not an expensive looking journal but it cannot be classified as cheap, it is well enhanced with information with well outlined essays that are putting Nkurumah’s life in the context of the whole world’s patriotic sons but with an unfairness that tends to overlook at some parts of the global map. It has a touch of racialism that makes sound like it lacks a modern perspective of diplomatic relations between people of different races.
This journal is taking the unity factor to greater lengths and even upholding it as an honor to the former president (now dead) and this is a call to other African countries to severe the links with the European countries and concentrate in building a cohesion within their continent. The journal is referring to the presence of the west in the African affairs as imperialism and even calls upon their African counterparts not to export their raw materials to the European countries.
However, in my opinion this journal is way behind the logic of what the values of promoting African unity entails because Europe is playing a major role in developing these countries. In addition if these third world countries cannot export their products to the west, where will they market them? This journal lacks the essence of what unity is because there cannot be unity with recommendations of ousting others and more so the countries on the forefront of the economy growth scale.
Africa cannot pave its way to a bright future without close relations with the world’s super powers like the USA, Britain, Japan and Canada, just to mention a few. The writers of this journal ought to know that the colonial period in the African countries not only had their shortcomings but also some great benefits away from the political arena and this means both sides of the issue should be given a fair critical look. This journal is pursuing a course to see the African countries separated from the rest of the world in an endeavor that can only be seen to as sabotage to the emergence of a global village idea of uniting the world.
This journal is based on principles of what equality to an African means; all the black people are Africans whether they live in Africa or any other part of the world. This is a statement that is pressing the words beyond their meaning literally and should be erased in my opinion. It brings out the racism in this journal and a cheap reasoning because the blacks in America are black Americans and the White in Africa are Africans despite their color, apteral the colour is not a criteria for establishing the people’s citizenship – the place of birth is the factor that is considered.
The journal is stressing on the specific elements that make Africans who they are: the uniqueness of their culture and traditions although these are non-existent elements because most the Africans have been converted into Christianity and countries like the US are accepting them and offering them citizenship through the green card lottery.
There is also an emergent trend among Africans that transcends beyond the opinion of this journal; most of them are migrating to the west through the infamous brain drain movement that sees the highly skilled Africans heading to the west in search of better chances that are well paying.
The only positive element about this journal is the highlights it has given on the importance of a strong economy social and political welfare to any country around the world the African countries should work hard towards building their own economic and political strength. Enough said at that, the journal turns around and start cruising the foreign and to Africa from the western countries.
This journal is biased and lacks an open view towards the problem facing the Africans and is leaning too much or Nkrumah’s mindset which is not effective now and is wanting in terms of modern upheavals that the Africans are facing.
This journal lacks the modern African context of needs because new problems have come up and the Nkurumah’s ideas cannot help solve these issues. It is a literature that is advocating for racialism and an insensitive towards non-Africans specifically the whites who holds no hard feelings towards them.
These journal is wanting and lacking in that its contents should be revised and put in a context of a modern Africa through use of positive ideas to influence and encourage them to be not only one as a continent but to the larger word.s
Also Africans have long accepted the western influence from religion to education system and the disunity have long beer sealed.
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