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Title:The Making and Breaking of Kwame Nkrumah: The Role of Oral Poetry
Author:Yankah, Kwesi
Periodical:Journal of African Studies (UCLA)
Geographic term:Ghana
oral poetry (form)
Literature, Mass Media and the Press
Education and Oral Traditions
Politics and Government
About person:Francis Nwia Kofie Nkrumah (1909-1972)ISNI
Abstract:Exploiting forms of folklors to serve the ends of modern politics is evidently done to appeal to the romantic disposition of the broad masses of people through channels that have been influential in the past. This article examines the various ways in which the wisdom of the folk was exploited to shape the destiny of Kwame Nkrumah, the first president of Ghana. Notably, it examines the role of Nkrumah's personal poet, who helped in crystallizing the mystery surrounding Nkrumah by extolling his virtues and uplifting his ego. However, when Nkrumah after some years turned into a tyrant, oral poetry played a role in breaking him. - Notes.