Mahatma Gandhi statue pulled by University of Ghana authorities

Mahatma Gandhi statue pulled by University of Ghana authorities

Authorities of the University of Ghana have finally pulled down the statue of celebrated Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi. This is a culmination of about two years of pressure on school authorities.

Advocates for the pulling down of the statue accused the world famous icon for being an anti-black racist.

Gandhi lived for sometime in South Africa as a lawyer where he is known to have refused cordial relationship with black people because he did not hold them in high esteem.

The pulling down of the statue erected at the recreational quadrangle of the University will be seen as a victory of a growing number of Ghanaians who have become vocal about African identity and independence.

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Donated by the Indian High Commission to Ghana as a symbol of friendship with Ghana, the statue has been at the centre of controversy with some academics of the University demanding its removal.

They launched a hashtag, #GandhiMustFall in 2016 to get the authorities to remove the statue of the man accused of racism in September last year.

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The “Gandhi Must Fall” movement was spearheaded by a former Director of the Institute of African Studies (IAS), Professor Akosua Adomako Ampofo.

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Source: Yen Newspaper

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