A map of the Ashanti Empire. Under Chief Oti Akenten r. At the end of the 17th century, Osei Tutu died or became Asantehene king of Ashanti.
The post-independence history is that not uncommon case of a charismatic leader feeding the populace on a fantasy that it takes decades to recover from. In Argentina it was Juan Peron. In Ghana it was Kwame Nkrumah. Before going into the details of the Nkrumah era it is helpful to get some perspective on the nature of the fantasy that has entrapped so many countries.
A major legacy and burden of tribal and feudalistic societies is the notion that leaders have the power to solve problems and bring justice. The village chieftain takes resources from the villagers and to the powerless villagers the chieftain seems like a potential A history of ghana of wealth and luxury.
To those who aspire to be chieftain it seems that if only they could achieve that status they could not only have a pleasant living but could do good for the villagers.
In the American idiom they could be fairy godmothers, solving all problems with the waive of a magic wand. So the possibility of becoming a fairy godmother is a powerful motivation for those who seek leadership. On the other hand, for the powerless who have no hope of becoming a leader the notion of there being fairy godmothers who can solve all problems is likewise a powerful influence.
But of course there are no fairy godmothers and can be no fairy godmothers. The resources that the village chieftain dispenses come only from the productive efforts of the people themselves. If the people neglect their own productive efforts in seeking benefits from the chieftain then soon even the chieftain has no resources.
The romance of Third World leaders with socialism is just an attempt to create the status of the village chieftain on a larger scale.
Socialism's main function ideologically is to provide a rationale for having all power concentrated in the hands of the central government. The charismatic leader of Cote d'Ivoire Ivory CoastFelix Houphouet Boigny, remarked, "Don't make the mistake of thinking that socialism will feed the people.
In contrast, Kwame Nkrumah took a much more promising economy and basically destroyed it. The only thing that can be said in his defense is that he pursued policies that the British had initiated.
He took bad policies and drove them to their logical conclusions. The social democratic policies that nearly destroyed the British economy did destroy the Ghanaian economy. However, Kwame Nkrumah did not get all of his bad policies from the British.
He created many of the worst elements on his own, such as the one-party state. Before going into the details, here is what happened under Nkrumah.
What is now Ghana developed a prosperous industry of growing cacao cocoa. It started in the 's with the importation of cacao growing by native farmers.
Cacao is native to Mexico and it took some foresight to recognize that cacao could be successfully grown in West Africa. Polly Hill in her study emphasizes that the development of the cacao industry was the result of the efforts of individual native farmers.
By the 20th century the British government took note of the industry and decided to take control. The rationale was the following. Since the amount of cacao that was put on the market at any time was the result of uncoordinated decisions of small-scale farmers the price fluctuated substantially.
A government marketing board could buy the cacao from the farmers and carefully control when it was marketed and thus maintain a steady price. This may have been true but the government did not intend to act as middleman in cacao marketing for free.
The price paid by the marketing board to the farmers was substantially less than the price it received for the cacao on international markets.Ghana's economic outlook may be mixed, but analysts remain hopeful, pointing to the stability and strength of Ghana's democracy and society.
Ghana is a member of ECOWAS, the African Union, the Commonwealth, and the World Trade Organization. Sources: CIA, "Ghana," The World Factbook.
By the s, though, the country’s state of affairs began showing signs of improvement, and Ghana is now held up as an example of successful economic recovery and political reform in Africa.
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