Famous Kwame Nkrumah Quotes and Sayings

Famous Kwame Nkrumah Quotes and Sayings

Very authoritative and well-orated sayings, KWAME NKRUMAH QUOTES display great wisdom and tranquillity. With twelve years of studying abroad, developing his political philosophy and interacting with other diasporic pan-Africanists, it’s no wonder Dr.Kwame exhibited such great knowledge and confidence.


Kwame Nkrumah quotes about change are very firm and clear, with an obvious air of resistance and rebellion. They all are about freedom and pan-Africanism, most times drawing a picture of the current state and where he visualized Africa. It was this gap in between that made the fighters go that extra mile.

“Africa is a paradox which illustrates and highlights neo-colonialism. Her earth is rich, yet the products that come from above and below the soil continue to enrich, not Africans predominantly, but groups and individuals who operate to Africa’s impoverishment” - This quote was made during the Last Stage of Imperialism, 1965.Neo-colonialism was at its peak, and Kwame was speaking to show his fellow freedom fighters why they needed to fight harder.

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“We must unite now or perish”. – This quote is extracted from a speech given at the founding of the OAU, Addis Ababa on 24th May 1963.Propelling his ideology on unity to fight the colonialists, Kwame used this forum to change the previously used ways of each country fighting its war to a wholesome approach.


“We were still regarded as representing the infancy of humanity. Our highly sophisticated culture was said to be simple and paralyzed by inertia, and we had to be encumbered with tutelage”. – During the Inauguration speech of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana Legon, 1962; Kwame was condemning the extent to which Africans were treated as lesser humans by the colonialists, their culture assumed to be dark and useless.

Kwame Nkrumah quotes on leadership

A Pan-Africanism proponent, nationalist, writer, thinker and one of Africa’s foremost freedom fighters, Nkrumah was an African titan himself. Not only did he fight for Ghana’s independence but con-currently advocated African unity.Evident of his leadership, Kwame led Ghana to be the first country in Africa to gain independence and left a legacy of powerful leadership quotes among them a few mentioned below.

“I am in the knowledge that death can never extinguish the torch which I have lit in Ghana and Africa. Long after I am dead and gone, the light will continue to burn and be borne aloft, giving light and guidance to all people.” –said as an epitaph on Nkrumah’s mausoleum in Nkroful, it was an affirmation that acts of good leadership live on and more people should emulate and create legacies.

“Any meaningful humanism must begin from egalitarianism and must lead to objectively chosen policies for safeguarding and sustaining egalitarianism”. – African Socialism Revisited, 1962.Kwame used this quote to teach that all people are equal and deserve equal rights and opportunities.

“The forces that unite us are intrinsic and greater than the superimposed influences that keep us apart.” – Africa Must Unite, 1963.A very influential person, Nkrumah used this to make African leaders see beyond the country boundaries and unite.

Funny Kwame Nkrumah quotes

Dr.Kwame Nkrumah quotes are full of wit from a great philosopher and statesman, telling Africans that freedom must come and come now. Here are the best funny quotes of Kwame Nkrumah.


“Action without thought is empty. Thought without action is blind.” “Thought without practice is empty, and action without thought is blind." This quote can be reshuffled backwards and still retain its meaning that thoughts and actions go hand in hand.

“I am not African because I was born in Africa but because Africa was born in me.” This is undoubtedly one of the most famous Kwame Nkrumah quotes and sayings. Taken literally, it’s a funny quote creating an image of him birthing Africa!

“The forces that unite us are intrinsic and greater than the superimposed influences that keep us apart.” Kwame was making fun of the whites being weak although they thought themselves powerful, at the same time motivating the freedom fighters.

“We face neither East nor West; we face forward”- Delivering a conference speech delivered in Accra, this quote was humorously put to show that there was a focus and direction.

Kwame Nkrumah quotes and sayings

‘Freedom is not something that one people can bestow on another as a gift. They claim it as their own and none can keep it from them.’ A quote that was exhaustively used but never got tired, Kwame always mentioned this in his speeches to remind the colonialists that Africans were not asking for a favor but for something that is rightfully theirs; Freedom.'

“Never before in history has such a sweeping fervour for freedom expressed itself in great mass movements which are driving down the bastions of empire. This wind of change blowing through Africa, as I have said before, is no ordinary wind. It is a raging hurricane against which the old order cannot stand the great millions of Africa, and of Asia, have grown impatient of being hewers of wood and drawers of water, and are rebelling against the false belief that Providence created some to be menials of others. Hence the twentieth century has become the century of colonial emancipation, the century of continuing revolution which must finally witness the total liberation of Africa from colonial rule and imperialist exploitation.” ― Africa Must Unite.

The above is the longest, most moving and fearless quote said by Kwame. The war was at its peak and he was emphasizing on carrying it to the end, it was about time freedom came to Africa.

Even unto death, Kwame Nkrumah quotes live on. It’s a legacy; he is a legend.

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