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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Nnamdi Azikiwe and Kwame Nkrumah: Pan-Africanist Mentor and Mentee


"Zik had been instrumental in sending many Ghanaian and Nigerian students to Lincoln. The most famous of these was Nkrumah." - Niara Sudarkasa, former president, Lincoln University, PA.
Some of the more distinguished beneficiaries of Zik's West African scholarship program include, from Ghana: E. Ako Adjei, K. A. B. Jones-Quartey, and Kwame Nkrumah; from Nigeria: Abdul Karimu Disu, Okechukwu Ikejiani, George Mbadiwe, Kingsley Ozuomba Mbadiwe, Mbonu Ojike, and Nwafor Orizu.
"My nationalism was also revived ... through articles written in The West African Morning Post by Nnamdi Azikwe, a Nigerian from Onitsha. Azikiwe was himself a graduate from an American university and when I had first met him after he had addressed a meeting of the Gold Coast Teachers' Association some years earlier in Accra, I had been greatly impressed by him and had been more determined than ever to go to America." - Kwame Nkrumah.
Reference
Obiwu. “The Pan-African Brotherhood of Langston Hughes and Nnamdi Azikiwe.” Dialectical Anthropology, 31.1-3 (November 2007): 143-165.

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