Ghana removes statue of ‘racist’ Mahatma Gandhi – International Business Times
By Priyanka Mogul
Thanks to visitors of this blog who participated in the move for signatures through a change.org drive to have a statue of Indian icon and world-respected Mahatma Gandhi at the University of Ghana, Legon – popularly referred to in Nigeria as “Legon” – removed.
The swift action by activists, and the equally-swift reaction of the university council and those in power to react is very commendable on the subject of a statue that went up mid-June this year.
Ghana, though a fraction of Nigeria, has always stood taller in taking steps and stands that elevate its people even though it has had its own problems. This is another pointer in that direction of positive and decisive leadership which I do not believe has to do with the fact that decisions are easier to make within small units than within larger ones. Check out tiny local governments, states and groups in Nigeria.
This is not an occasion for another rant about Nigeria’s failure to lead people of African descent everywhere with its massive natural resources and large population but one to celebrate the power of collective and reasoned actions by leadership that listens to its people.
Sisters and brothers in Ghana, I salute you with a few words from a popular song in Nigeria in praise of the Gold Coast that became Ghana at your 1957 independence:
“… land of the brave …”
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2016. 6:00 a.m. [GMT]