Big Man Theory

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Ominous rumblings from West Africa.

A candidate for Presidet of Ghana has pledged to build a Presidential Library for Kwame Nkrumah, the nation’s first President.

Never-mind he already has a mausoleum nkrumahmemorial.jpg built on the spot he declared Ghana’s independence 50 years ago, and an attached museum. nkruman-museum.jpg

The pledge of course came during a campaign swing through Nkrumah’s home region.

Nkrumah was a major big deal in his day. He was leader of the first post-colonial independent African nation and a promoter of Pan Africanism, but that didn’t work out.

The existing mausoleum/museum complex may reflect the difficulties of man and movement. The designers struggled to reconcile Nkruman’s professed admiration for both Ghandi and Lenin, apparently by having the supersized statue in front dressed modestly. nkrumah-statue.jpg

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