Kwame Nkrumah, George Padmore and W.E.B. Du Bois

  • K Afari-Gyan
Keywords: Kwame Nkrumah, George Padmore, W. E. B. DuBois, Pan-Africanism


From 1945 Kwame Nkrumah (1909-1972) developed close relations first with George Padmore (1902-1959), a Trinidadian, and then with Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois (1868- 1963), an African-American who became a Ghanaian citizen soon before he died. As men of thought and action, they exerted great influence on the affairs of their day; and, through their writings, they continue to exert considerable influence on contemporary thinking in the black world. They all lie buried in Ghana. This essay seeks to explore the basis of their relationship.

* Originally published in Research Review, Vol 7, Nos. 1 & 2, 1991

Author Biography

K Afari-Gyan

Kwadwo Afari-Gyan was, at the time of the article’s original publication, a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of African Studies. In 1992, Dr. Afari-Gyan was appointed deputy chairman of the interim National Electoral Commission that oversaw the elections that transitioned Ghana from military to civilian rule. With the establishment of the Fourth Republic, he was then appointed the first chairman of the new Electoral Commission, a position he held until 2015.  


Journal Identifiers

print ISSN: 2343-6530