• Akosua Biraa

So in a colonial territory







No need

to continue to explain the world

by reference to the gods

the people, the body, and the soul

of the nation

a colony is any territory

mounting for a hundred years

or more

indulged in history

infected by European ideals:

Plato's anti-egalitarianism

bow of Heraclitus

Anaximander was not a lotus-eater

however glibly Berkeley said

neo-colonialism is negative action

playing possum

ferret out Janus-faced politicians

call the God complex.


There is always a dialectical

cardinal principle of ethics

place of competing ideologues

index of development

a social contention

solve the mind-body split

foregoing the Cartesian philosophy

unionists merged

Descartes was assailed

by the critical acumen of

Anthony William Amo

an attunement of tensions

thought without practice is empty

completely windowless as every other monad

demands of harmonious development

basic unity of matter

active principle of justice.






This piece is composed solely out of phrases taken randomly from Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s (1964/1970) “Consciencism: Philosophy and ideology for decolonization”. I bought this book in 2001, but I am yet to read it beyond the introduction.


Still, if Nkrumah’s (1980) “Class Struggle in Africa” is anything to go by, I am certain it will be a cogent and powerful read on decolonization and how best to respond with agency to rampant neo-colonialism.


If you do get to read this work by the Republic of Ghana’s very first president, you might also like to follow it up with “Kwame Nkrumah: The Conakry Years: His Life and Letters”. This is a unique collection of Nkrumah’s personal correspondence, as compiled by the British historian June Milne (1990).


You might also want to check out this great exhibition, on The Literary Life of Nkrumah, which is currently being hosted by the Library of Africa and The African Diaspora (LOATAD).

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