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Thinking in English : Fathia Nkrumah, icon of an era

Posted by paa.kwesi on Thu, 05/31/2007 - 21:37

Fathia Nkrumah is dead. 8:07pm GMT, the message arrived in my email inbox.

Perhaps, the last iconic survivor of an idealist era in Ghana's history, her passing should remind us of the highs and lows of our recent existence and that there is a difference between promise and fulfilment. May we the living pay her tribute by recognizing that because we are neighbors, we must get along, share in each others' pains and joys. No, we are not descended from one ancestor, do not speak the same languages, eat different foods, celebrate different Gods; but we do share the same space. May our dealings with each other display this understanding that after all is said and done if my house is burning you will necessarily feel the heat. We are in each other's business all the time. Let's all be friends.

My respects and condolences to her family. Due! Fathia, rest in peace.


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GhanaThink Managing Executive

Fathia fata Nkrumah

This news really struck me.

Fathia and Kwame Nkrumah were so synonymous that they are engrained in popular Ghana lingo as 'Fathia fata Nkrumah'.
It's true that we really share the same continent and land, and even though we may not like it when we are generalized as an African country, we are still bound by borders and proximity.

Condolences to her family and loved ones.


Farewell to our first lady.

On reading and pondering over her son's tribute to her, i am full of admiration for the way she followed her heart and got over cultural differences. She was a very gracious lady and had poise but also very strong and was a fitting wife for a politician. I do hope the family who rejected her for marrying Kwame forgave her eventually and took her back into their fold.
Kwame Nkrumah's life was a saga of trials, tribulations and triumphs...sometimes very sad, sometimes invigorating and also thought provoking and other times very uplifting. No matter what caused him to step down as a head of state, Africa will never have a chance at the sort of revolution he swept through the continent again. Men of his calibre dont happen often and i think it is sad that he didn't live to a ripe old age so we could celebrate and honour him on our 50th Anniversary. His legacy will forever remain with us and may his and his widow's souls rest in peace.

THE CRINGE FACTOR! WHAT MAKES YOU THINK THAT GOD MADE THREE WORLDS AND THAT I COME FROM THE THIRD WORLD. THE ISSUE OF RACE IS GEOGRAPHICAL AND NOT A STATUS SYMBOL AND NEITHER IS MY SKIN BLACK NOR YOURS WHITE.