Samia Nkrumah steps into her father’s shoes

African Update – 10/10/11

Former president Kwame Nkrumah’s daughter, Samia, is now in pole position to salvage the fortunes of her father’s once great party.

Samia Christiana Yaba Nkrumah, daughter of Ghana’s iconic first president, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, made history when she became the first-ever female chairman of a political party in Ghana, after warding off stiff opposition from three other contestants to steal the show at the Convention People’s Party (CPP) national delegates congress in Accra on 11 September.

Her father, Kwame Nkrumah, founded the party in 1949 and it went on to dominate Ghana’s politics until Nkrumah’s overthrow in a military coup, but it resurfaced in another name (People’s National Party) in 1979 and won that year’s elections that put Dr. Hilla Limann in power. Since then, the CPP’s fortunes have greatly waned as more than half of its heavyweights were poached by former President Jerry Rawlings, when he founded his now ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) in 1992. The current president John Atta Mills, is from the CPP rump in the NDC. But the original CPP has suffered greatly, as it has splintered into different smaller parties, leaving the core struggling to find space in Ghana’s political firmament. It has now been reduced to the third largest party in the country.

It was against this background, of needing to revive itself, that the CPP held its September congress.

For more information about the CPP historical background and Samia Nkrumah’s life, get a copy of The New African – available for borrow at the African Library.

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