Kwame Nkrumah’s only daughter Samia Nkrumah has revealed that the iconic Peduase Lodge was a house that friends of her father worked together to build with him as a place where he could go and take his personal time off. She said the land had been given to him personally by the chiefs of the area.
Samia recalled the anger of Nkrumah’s friends when they learned that after all their toiling, he turned around and donated it to the state. Some of then stated that if they knew he would give the house to the state, they would not have work on it for free.
In an interview on Diaspora Weekly with Jermaine Nkrumah scheduled to air on Diaspora Network Television (DNT) this Saturday at 9am, the former Chairwoman of her father’s Convention People’s Party (CPP) further revealed that her father, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, “made a conscious decision not to use his position to acquire wealth” when asked if he left them any properties.
Samia recalled emotionally of how she and the rest of the family were unable to see her father again after his “illegal overthrow” in February of 1966 even after he had returned from Vietnam and was a guest of and co-president of Guinea. But Kwame Nkrumah wrote “copiously” from which she learned that her father never considered himself as being in exile because he was still on African soil even if he was not in his native Ghana.
The former MP of Jomoro also announced that she will be contesting her old seat come this election. Asked if she would be able to pursue a dual agenda of pan-Africanism and bringing resources to her people, Samia said: “the two are not separable, and that a united Africa would invariably result in the betterment of the people of Africa including Jomoro constituency.”
The pan African agenda that Kwame Nkrumah pursued during his time has taken on a new resonance with many people of African descent in the diaspora raising their agitation levels for unity of all Africans at home on the continent as well as in the diaspora.
Experts believe the spectacularly successful Year of Return initiative by Ghana’s president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has combined with the forced self-reliance that COVID-19 bestowed upon Africans to create a hunger pan-Africanism to an extent that the continent has yet to see.