Ghana was better 50 years ago – Dr. K. B. Asante on Anniversary of Nkrumah’s overthrow

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Ghanaians’ standard of living is deteriorating, and a far cry from comfortable and happy lives they lived 50 years ago.

That’s according to former Secretary to Ghana’s first President Kwame Nkrumah, Dr. K. B Asante.

“Young people deserve better. Even though back then we didn’t have much, life was much more interesting and happier than it is today,“ Dr. Asante said.

He added that the better can only be created by Ghanaians and that should renew that self-confidence, which Nkrumah tried to promote.

The former diplomat also bemoans the unending rise in the cost of living, which have rendered many impoverished.

Joy FM’s Kwabena Ampratwum documentary focused celebrating the 50th anniversary of the overthrow of Ghana’s first president Nkrumah.

Nkrumah’s vision was that of an independent Africa free of shackles and oppression.

Dr. Asante recounts Nkrumah’s affable nature who likes to work with “people who know their stuff.”

He fondly narrated how Kwame Nkrumah used to instruct him to draft letters to his fellow African president and say for instance “I told you so. Nkrumah.”

A forerunner in the fight for Ghana’s independence in 1957, Nkrumah formed the new era of African unity and he was leading the fight until February 24, 1966.

A young student at Adisadel who he [Nkrumah] presented an award to, Akwasi Afrifah, later becomes a soldier 11 years later overthrew him in Ghana’s first military coup.

Speaking to his daughter, Samia Yaaba Nkrumah, former Chairman of the CPP, she the recalled events of February 24th, 1966.

“Mother and the three of us at the Flagstaff House and we woke up with the sounds of gunshots. We were told to vacate the House in a very short time,”

Fatiha Nkrumah, Samia said, told them to kneel and pray adding, “even if they fire at you, nothing will happen to you.

Dr. Asante doesn’t think that the aspirations of Nkrumah went down with him to the grave if Ghanaians can’t live a much happier life today.