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Nkrumah's BLK
Nkrumah’s BLK

INVESTIGATIONS BY The Daily Heritage reveal that the only quarters where the First Republican President of Ghana, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah slept in during his days and the only school where he taught before he assumed reins of power in 1957 has been killed by the bad maintenance culture of Ghanaians.

The edifice, which is situated at Emisano, a farming community in the Central region has so collapsed that the only structure left is an inscription: ?Nkrumah?s Block? boldly nailed on the window of the building Nkrumah stayed in and taught as part of his missionary work.

Checks by the paper was not able to ascertain who had paid glowing tribute to the nation?s founding father by leaving the signpost on the windows, but, the town folks take consolation in taking visitors to the site and walking them around the abandoned facility.

The solace they derive is the bonding they share with Dr. Nkrumah, but, the sordid state of the place leaves a sour taste in their mouths.

Popular perception among indigenes of Emisano is that, the son of the African continent might have met Dr. Francis Nkrumah?s mother while performing his missionary activity at the village in the Central region.

The years of neglect and the lack of maintenance has reduced the structure into a shamble given that its preservation could have earned the town recognition and stipend from tourists and admirers of Nkrumah who would make pilgrimage to the site.

An inventory of the place by the Daily Heritage reveal utter abandon as overgrown weeds compete with the debris of the building for space.

The facility which could have earned the nation millions of proceeds from tourists had been whitewashed and the paintings were peeling off at several portions.

The ceilings of the room had gaping holes which served as a safe haven for rodents and pests that screeched while the exploratory team of the paper walked through the junk.

What was occupying the rooms was broken down chairs and artifacts which had been draped with dust and tons of cobwebs.

Interestingly, honey-making bees had also created for itself nests for the breeding of honey from the sweet nectar of flowers which were close by the buildings.

When the paper approached the Director of the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, Alhaji Abubakari Osman, he said the office was not aware of such a place but, they consider its neglect serious and would take immediate steps to take charge of the edifice.

The Museums and Monuments Board also intimated to the paper that they have no knowledge of the deteriorating room where Dr. Nkrumah lived to teach, but they would ensure that the necessary research is conducted to locate the site.

Source:?Daily Heritage

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