Building the Ghanaian Nation-State: Kwame Nkrumah’s Symbolic by H. Fuller

By H. Fuller

Ghana has constantly held a place of primacy within the African political and ancient mind's eye, due in no small half to the indelible effect left president Kwame Nkrumah. This learn examines the symbolic suggestions he used to build the Ghanaian kingdom via foreign money, stamps, museums, flags, and different public icons.

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The most obvious evidence of this are the hieroglyphs of Ancient Egypt. In West Africa, Adinkra symbols have been used as a visual language and indigenous knowledge system among the Akan of Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire from the precolonial period to the present. Adinkra symbols illustrate maxims, parables, and proverbs that represent the history, culture, believes, morals, and philosophical thinking of the Akans, Ghana’s largest ethnic group. 8 There are several interrelated questions that will drive my arguments within the ensuing chapters of this book.

However, these “tiny transmitters of nationalist . . ideology”47 also reveal the contradictions inherent within his nation-building objectives. 48 Chapter 3 explores how postage stamps are related to currency in that they are both official government-issued “legal tender” used in commerce, often minted by the same sources, and can be imprinted with images and words to convey particular messages. This chapter analyzes the symbolic expressions of monetary or economic nationalism in Nkrumah’s Ghana after the establishment of the Bank of Ghana in 1957.

The CPP thought of itself as a masculine cockerel that took charge while the UGCC, NLM, and other opponents of Nkrumah were relegated to the status of the “weaker” entity, a feminine hen that acquiesced to the power of the male.

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