Ghana’s Samia Nkrumah teams up with COSUA

The only daughter of Ghana’s late doyen of pan-Africanism, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, has taken her father’s goal of African unity to another level and she has joined forces with the Coalition of Supporters’ Unions of Africa (COSUA) as a member of its Council of Patrons, an African Union partner organization which uses sports to build African unity.

In a statement released by COSUA’s founding president, Sarfo Abebrese, the organization said it is pleased to have Nkrumah on board as it gets ready to tackle crucial assignments revolving around next year’s Men and Women African Cup of Nations in Cameroon and Morocco in preparation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Apart from the pursuit of her father’s pan-African legacy, Nkrumah is expected to bring a wealth of experience and expertise of her own to boost COSUA’s 21-year mass mobilization targets to register no less than a billion members by 2042.

“Samia Yaba Nkrumah is the only daughter of Ghana’s first President, the legendary Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and his Egyptian wife, Madam Fathia Halim Rizk. This unique circumstance of Pan-African birth and cultural inclinations underpin her belief in African unity; a belief and a political conviction that relies as much on the many texts of her father as it does on her own studies, interactions with academics, professionals, artists, students and everyday people across Africa and with Africans outside the continent.”

Born in 1960, the year Ghana declared its status as a republic, she and her siblings left Ghana in 1966 after the illegal overthrow of her father’s government. For about a decade, the family lived in Egypt and returned to Ghana in the 1970’s before leaving again in the 1980’s. Samia, who is fluent in Arabic, Italian and English and has worked for many years as a journalist and media consultant, was educated in Ghana, Egypt and the UK.

She returned to Ghana permanently in 2008 after many years and signalled her intention to “rekindle the vision” of her father. Nkrumah did so by joining the Convention People’s Party (CPP) and contesting the 2008 parliamentary elections in the Jomoro constituency, in western Ghana, and winning decisively.

In 2011, Nkrumah made history by becoming the first woman to chair of the CPP, making her the only female leader of a political party in Ghana and also the youngest to occupy such a prominent role.

She is the founder and president of the Kwame Nkrumah Pan African Centre, an organization set up to promote her father’s vision, philosophy and political culture within the context of a united Africa.

“We must unite politically and integrate our economies for the benefit of African people,” said Nkrumah, who is a firm believer in the application of local culture and knowledge in solving local problems and has inspired many young people in the areas of Pan-Africanism, politics, and the environment.


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Publish date : 2021-07-08 14:08:15

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