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Title:From saint to devil: the visual transformations of Kwame Nkrumah in 'Accra Evening News' cartoons
Author:Jallow, Baba G.ISNI
Periodical:Stichproben - Vienna Journal of African Studies (ISSN 1992-8610)
Geographic term:Ghana
heads of State
About person:Francis Nwia Kofie Nkrumah (1909-1972)ISNI
External link:https://stichproben.univie.ac.at/fileadmin/user_upload/p_stichproben/Artikel/Nummer27/Stichproben27_04_Jallow.pdf
Abstract:Regular cartoons reflect a degree of public anger or a spirit of activism against any number of perceived social ills. They are a form of angry laughter indulged at the expense of the perceived perpetrators of these 'social ills.' They are often on the side of the underdog and could be potentially subversive of authority, secular, religious or otherwise. They feed on the art of gross exaggeration and deliver their punches by a gross magnification of the realities they comment upon. Often, taken together over a period of time, cartoons evolve into sophisticated narratives on historical events and representations of historical personalities. Ghana's first prime minister and president Kwame Nkrumah was a constant presence on the editorial cartoon pages of the Accra Evening News. However, the Nkrumah cartoons undergo a narrative transformation from highly hagiographic depictions of the Ghanaian leader before the coup to highly critical lampoons after the coup. This paper examines this visual transformation of the Ghanaian leader from saint to devil and its implications for understanding the historical Nkrumah. Bibliogr., notes, ref. sum. [Journal abstract]