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Nkrumah's Ghana and East Africa
Pan-Africanism and African Interstate Relations

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ISBN 9781032200606
December 21, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
236 Pages

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Book Description

Originally published in 1992, this book explores the impact of Ghana’s Kwame Nkrumah on the subregion of East Africa between the independence of Ghana in 1957 and the overthrow in 1966 of his government by the Ghanaian military. Guided by his conception of Pan-Africanism, Nkrumah sought to affect the ideological and political disposition of Julius Nyerere, Jomo Kenyatta and Milton Obote and the states they represented: Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. The book reinforces the verdict that Pan-Africanism in the Nkrumah era represented the most important indigenous political force on the African continent – the most significant single African attempt to affect in an important way the speed and direction of social change in Africa. The core period in this study, 1957-1966 represents the most potent phase in the history of this redemptive movement in Africa.

Table of Contents

Introduction Ali A. Mazrui 1. Nkrumah, the Essential Pan-Africanist, and East Africa 2. Uhuru and Umoja 3. The Osagyefo, the Mwalimu and Pan-Africanism 4. Nkrumah’s Presence in Obote’s Uganda 5. Nkrumah and Mboya: ‘Nonalignment’ and Pan-African Trade Unionism 6. East Africa Diplomatic Reactions to Nkrumah’s Overthrow 8. Conclusion.

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Opoku Agyeman is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Montclair State University, USA.


‘A thorough recapitulation and examination of the historical record. Here, thanks to a knack for isolating nuance, and to distinguished writing, is a meticulously researched and detailed discussion…A brilliant piece of work.. a fine example of social science scholarship at its very best.’ Isaac Mowoe, Ohio State University, USA.