Kwame Nkrumah: A Case Study of Religion and Politics in Ghana

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This book examines how Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana's first post-colonial political leader legitimized his rule. It argues that Nkrumah found in religion a way to weld ethnicnically diverse groups with primordial attachments together. Through his employment he was able to spearhead the building of a nation he named Ghana. Social, anthropological, as well as political theories from Max Weber, Clifford Geertz, Kofi Busia, Ali Mazrui, David Apter, and others are utilized to examine the Nkrumah phenomenon. Specifically, the book contributes to the extensive literature on Nkrumah by supplying an often neglected link: The role of religion in Nkrumah's life, thought and career. By so doing it emphasizes the role of religious ideas and religious action in Ghanaian politics.

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Western academic scholarship is packaged in the rich, proverbial language of the local Ghanaian context.
Comprises a study of Ghana's first post-colonial prime minister and president Kwame Nkrumah (1909-1972), focusing on his use of religion in the development of national integration and modernization, among other political goals. The author offers a historical account of religion and politics in Ghana, draws on social, political, and anthropological theories to evaluate Nkrumah's leadership from several different angles, and finally assesses Nkrumah's legacy. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Western academic scholarship is packaged in the rich, proverbial language of the local Ghanaian context.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761813187
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 2/18/1999
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Ebenezer Obiri Addo is Adjunct Assistant Professor of African Studies at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, and Stated Supply Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Irvington, New Jersey.

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Table of Contents

Ch. I The Kwame Nkrumah Phenomenon 1
Ch. II Theoretical and Conceptual Overview of Religion and Politics in Ghana 15
Ch. III Religion and Politics in Ghana: An Historical Overview 33
Ch. IV Kwame Nkrumah's Rise to Power 49
Ch. V Kwame Nkrumah's Rise to National Leadership 79
Ch. VI Religion, Cultural Engineering, and Charismatic Nkrumah 99
Ch. VII The Christian Church and Nkrumah's Leadership 123
Ch. VIII The Political Kingdom and Its Ideologies: Nkrumaism and Consciencism 153
Ch. IX The Kwame Nkrumah Phenomenon in Ghanaian Politics: A Re-Evaluation 179
Ch. X Conclusion: The Past as a Prologue 197
App. A Ephraim Amu's Dismissal 209
App. B Achimota Grasps Amu 215
Bibliography 217
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