was a way of practicing politics, political attitudes, and political institutions that were
passed from one generation to the next generation. Chinua Achebe and D.T. Niane
authors of Things Fall Apart and Sundiata respectively, demonstrates how politics was
practiced during the pre-colonial period.
In Chinua Achebe's book, Things Fall Apart, the people of Umofia were
disturbed by their enemy which was a call for war rather; they decided to handle the
matter diplomatically by sending an embassy. This is how he narrates:
That was why Okonkwo had been chosen
by the nine villages to carry a message of
war to their enemy unless they agreed to... .
to atone for the murder of Udo's wife. And
such was the fear that their enemies had for
Umofia that they treated Okonkwo like a king
And brought him a virgin... .
The elders' concept of diplomacy was administered excellently since a war was
prevented. They did not want to rush to war although they had a just cause. In order to
strengthen their intention a strong diplomat, Okonkwo, was sent. This means that the
enemy of Umofia has been warned and so if they had refused to pacify them, an all out
war will be staged.
There is a similar instance in D.T. Niane's book, Sundiata where we see a king
Dankaran Touman sending a delegatioin to the king of Sosso. This is how he also
He announced his intention of sending
an embassy to the powerful king of Sosso,
Soumaoro Kante. For such a delicate mission had thought of Balla Fasseke, son of Doua,his father's griot. The council approved the royalde...
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...in a successful coup carried out by his generals and had to
seek political asylum in Equatorial Guinea until his death.
D.T. Niane, comforts us in his book Sundiata by sayin:
Every man to his own land! If it
is foretold that your destiny should
be fulfilled in such and such a land
men can do nothing against it.
Although Dr. Nkrumah served prematurely as the president of Ghana, his dream for a
united Africa was granted. It was known as the Organization of African Unity (OAU)
at present it is known as African Union (AU).
After carefully examined the political events in Africa before and after colonial
rule, we conclude by a speech made by Dr. Nkrumah during Ghana's independence on
the 6th of March 1957.
The Blackman is capable of
managinig his own affairs.
Ghana, our beloved country,
is free forever.
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