Samia Nkrumah

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Honourable
Samia Nkrumah
MP
Hon. Samia Nkrumah.jpg
Nkrumah in October 2009
Chairperson of the Convention People's Party
In office
2011–2015
Preceded by Ladi Nylander
Succeeded by Edmund N. Delle
Member of Parliament
for Jomoro constituency
In office
7 January 2009 – 6 January 2013
Preceded by Lee Ocran
Succeeded by Francis Kabenlah Anaman
Personal details
Born (1960-06-23) June 23, 1960 (age 57)
Aburi, Ghana
Nationality Ghanaian
Political party Convention People's Party (CPP)
Spouse(s) Michele Melega
Relations Kwame Nkrumah
Fathia Nkrumah
Gamal Nkrumah
Children Kwame Thomas Melega
Alma mater School of Oriental and African Studies
Occupation Politician and journalist
Website Party website

Samia Yaba Christina Nkrumah (born 23 June 1960)[1] is a Ghanaian politician and chairperson of the Convention People's Party (CPP). In the 2008 parliamentary election, she won the Jomoro constituency seat at her first attempt. She is the daughter of Kwame Nkrumah, first President of Ghana.

Early life and education[edit]

The daughter of the first president of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah, and his Coptic Egyptian wife Fathia Rizk, Samia Nkrumah was born at Aburi in the Eastern Region of Ghana in 1960.[2] She was forced to leave Ghana with her mother and brothers on the day of the 1966 military coup that overthrew Kwame Nkrumah. The family were resettled in Egypt by the Egyptian government.[3] She returned with her family in 1975 at the invitation of General Acheampong's National Redemption Council government and attended Achimota School. However, she left the country again when her mother decided to return to Egypt in the early 1980s. Samia proceeded to London, later completing her studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London in the United Kingdom, where she obtained the degree of Bachelor Arabic Studies in 1991. She also completed a Master's degree at the same institution in 1993.[1]

Politics[edit]

She became the first woman to ever head a major political party in Ghana. Her victory, along with three other female members of the party, is hailed as marking the renaissance of the ailing CPP, and an affirmation of the party's long held tradition of promoting women's rights. In an article about her, entitled "The new Mandela is a woman", the Huffington Post describes and analyses her impact on Ghanaian and African politics. She is one of the founders of Africa Must Unite, which aims to promote Kwame Nkrumah's vision and political culture.[4] As part of this philosophy, she decided to go into active politics in Ghana.[5]

She contested the Jomoro constituency seat in the Western Region of Ghana and beat the incumbent MP, Lee Ocran of the National Democratic Congress with a majority of 6,571, winning about 50% of the total valid votes cast.[6]

She was elected as the first woman chairperson of the Convention People's Party on 10 September 2011. She won the poll with 1,191 votes, and her nearest contender, the incumbent, polled 353 votes. By this feat, she became the first woman to ever head a major political party in Ghana.

In January 2016, she contested alongside three other candidates to be the flag bearer and presidential candidate for the 2016 National Elections. She lost out, coming second to Ivor Greenstreet.

2012 elections[edit]

On 9 December 2012, Samia Nkrumah lost her Jomoro parliamentary seat to the NDC contestant, Wing Commander Francis Anaman, a retired officer of the Ghana Airforce.

Chairperson of CPP[edit]

The election of Samia Nkrumah, daughter of Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first President, as party chairperson rekindled hopes for the CPP’s future transformation into a credible and formidable political force in Ghana.

Meeting between Samia Nkrumah and the 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton at the Chicago, XII World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, on 23 April 2012.

In 2008 she contested the Jomoro Constituency on the CPP’s ticket. Her victory was unique because for the first time the CPP won an election in Ghana’s legislature without any “special alliances” with other political parties.

In parliament, Samia maintained an independent identity and voice for the CPP that has been uncharacteristic of previous CPP legislators.

Her strong showing in the race for the CPP chair, where she polled 1,151 votes against the combined 695 votes of three other candidates, attests to her strong endorsement within the party. She declared her intention to unite the various Nkrumahist elements and groups in Ghana under the umbrella of the CPP as a way of boosting the electoral fortunes of the party. In addition, she has instituted a Friday Freedom Forum initiative in which she hopes to build a lively policy platform that will make the CPP resemble a potential “government in waiting”.

Career[edit]

Samia Nkrumah started work as a bank clerk with the London branch of the Bank of India in 1984. She then worked with Al-Ahram as a journalist in various capacities starting from 1989.[1]

Family[edit]

The second child of Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana's first President, and Fathia Nkrumah, Samia has three brothers: Gorkeh Gamal, Sekou Nkrumah and Nana Kwame Otuapemg Nkrumah. She also has an older half-brother, Professor Francis Nkrumah, a retired lecturer and consultant paediatrician. She is married to Michele Melega, an Italian-Danish man, and they have a son, Kwame Thomas Melega.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Curriculum vitae" (PDF). Official website. Samia Nkrumah. Retrieved 2008-12-14. 
  2. ^ "Samia Nkrumah 'the Amazing'". Profiles. The Ghanaian Journal. Retrieved 2008-12-14. 
  3. ^ Reggie Tagoe Pan-African News Wire (2007-02-19). "Samia Nkrumah Says That Her Father, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Wanted to Return to Ghana". Abayomi Azikiwe. Retrieved 2008-12-14. 
  4. ^ "Africa Must Unite, for a new Ghana". Official website. Africa Must Unite. Retrieved 2008-12-14. 
  5. ^ "Samia Nkrumah: Candidate in the 2008 parliamentary elections in Ghana". official website. Samia Nkrumah. Retrieved 2008-12-14. 
  6. ^ "Parliamentary Results Jomoro (Western Region)". Parliamentary election results. Ghana Home Page. Retrieved 2008-12-14. 
  7. ^ "Onsy proposed to me' – Samia". Class FM. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of Ghana
Preceded by
Lee Ocran
Member of Parliament for Jomoro
2009–2013