Dr. J.B Danquah’s achievements are being over-hyped

We thought that the history of Ghana was straight forward and has already being written and settled…then in comes a politician historian whose main sock in trade is revisionism

reimagining

A few years ago, Mr. Tsatsu Tsikata triggered a debate about Dr. J.B. Danquah’s legacy and profile when he said rather blithely that the latter’s imprisonment under the Preventive Detention Act and subsequent death may have exaggerated his influence and contribution. If Dr. Nkrumah hadn’t detained him, his reputation might not loom as large as it currently does. Or something along those lines. I have thought about this over the years and still find it profound and intriguing.

Irrational comparison

Increasingly, there is an equivalence drawn between Dr Danquah and Dr. Nkrumah. If Dr. Nkrumah is honoured, there must be an equivalent for Dr. Danquah, otherwise we are biased, we are told. The effect is we tend to judge Dr. Danquah more as a countervailing force to Dr. Nkrumah rather than on his own merit – warts and all.

So, for example, while Dr. Danquah is hailed as a scion…

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