hief coordinator at the Institute of African studies in the University of Ghana, Dr. Obadele Kambon has called for Ghanaians especially those in the University of Ghana and other academic institutions in the country to pay homage to our own heroes rather than foreign ones.
In an interview with Univers News on the taking down of the Mahatma Gandhi statue from the University of Ghana grounds yesterday 12th December 2018.
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Dr. Kambon expressed concern that statues of influential individuals who fought for Africa’s development are not being erected but rather that of individuals like Mahatma Gandhi who was known to be a racist.
“If the one who says that we are one degree removed from an animal should have our statue, and on campus where is our statue of nana Nkrumah, where’s our statue of Danquah, where’s our statue of Marcus Garvey, where’s our statue of any hero that we can look up to this person?
They honor their own people, and there’s a quote that says “a country that doesn’t honor its heroes isn’t worth dying for”, so who should die for Ghana if no one gets honored? Now as intelligent people (if we choose to be intelligent people), we should honor our own.”
The removal of the statue comes two years after the #GANDHIMUSTFALLcampaign was launched by some scholars in the University of Ghana.
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The campaign, which was spearheaded by the then Director of the Institute of African Studies; professor Akosua Adomako Ampofo acquired about 1700 signatories from concerned individuals, the group insisted that Gandhi had a racist personality and stationing a statue on campus was an insult to the Ghanaian race.
By: Isaac Dadzie/universnewsroom