Kwame Nkrumah’s Comment: I Did Not Mean to Belittle His Achievements
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Kwame Nkrumah’s Comment: I Did Not Mean to Belittle His Achievements

New Patriotic Party (NPP) vice-presidential candidate Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh has rectified comments he made about Dr. Kwame Nkrumah in his inaugural speech.

Speaking at the official unveiling event at Jubilee Park in Kumasi on July 9, 2024, Dr. Opoku Prempeh said: “Since independence in 1957, no president has helped Ghana as much as Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. From 1957 to today, not even your Kwame Nkrumah has moved Ghana forward and protected it as Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has.”

His comment sparked outrage on social media and later in traditional media, given how highly respected the country’s first president was.

However, during a visit to Omanhene of the Wasa Amenfi Traditional Council, Tetrete Okuamoah Sakyim II, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh indicated that he had no intention of belittling the achievements of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the first president of Ghana after independence.

He pointed out that “what I said has been misinterpreted. I said that since Ghana’s independence and since Kwame Nkrumah’s time in office, no government has worked harder than Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. That is a fact, but in Ghanaian politics, if you tell the truth, you are called arrogant, but if you manipulate facts, people praise you. I am your son and grandson, I was brought up to be confident and fearless.”

He continued: “Yesterday I was unveiled and I told Fiifi that I had to come and visit you and introduce myself to you. You are my grandfather and this is where I come from. I came to visit you to ask for your prayers and to ask you to continue to pray for me because it is yours and you must constantly pray for yours.”