The Role of Kwame Nkrumah in Pan-Africanism

The Role of Kwame Nkrumah in Pan-Africanism




Module: History of Pan-Africanism (HIST 417)

First Semester, 2008

Instructor (Lecturer): Dr. (Professor) Alusine Jalloh

Name: Josephus J. Ellie

Final Year, History and Politics

Research Paper (Term Paper) Topic: “The Role of Kwame Nkrumah in Pan-Africanism”

Table of Contents
1. Introduction 3

2. Key Factors that Influenced Nkrumahs’ Pan – African Motives 6

3. Nkrumah’s Roles in Organizing Key Pan-African Events 8

  3.1 Nkrumah’ Contributions to the 5th Pan-African Conference 8

  3.2 Nkrumah in promoting African Unity 10

4. Nkrumah’s Writings and Pan-Africanism 15

5. Conclusion 16

6. References 17


There is no one way to define Pan-Africanism. What constitutes Pan-Africanism, what one might include in a Pan-African movement often changes according to whether the focus is on politics, ideology, organizations, or culture? Pan-Africanism actually reflects a range of political views. At a basic level, it is a belief that African peoples, both on the African continent and in the Diaspora, share not merely a common history, but a common destiny. This sense of interconnected pasts and futures has taken many forms, especially in the creation of political institutions.

One of the earliest manifestations of Pan-Africanism came in the names that African peoples gave to their religious institutions. From the late-1780s onward, free blacks in the United States established their own churches in response to racial segregation in white churches. They were tired, for example, of being confined to church galleries and submitting to church rules that prohibited them from being buried in church cemeteries. In 1787 a young black Methodist minister, Richard Allen, along with another black clergyman, Absalom Jones,...

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