No ifs, no buts, Gandhi’s Legon statue goes down in protests about Mahatma’s racism – Tola Adenle

October 11, 2016

Africa, Diaspora

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 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]


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2 Comments on “No ifs, no buts, Gandhi’s Legon statue goes down in protests about Mahatma’s racism – Tola Adenle”


    In addition to my earlier comments about this great feat by Ghanaians on the issue of global debate which conspiracies – archaic instruments of deceit in the past ages would have repackaged, it is apt to note that in Vermont, United States, this year’s Columbus Day holiday was renamed The Indigenous People day.

    The Vermont Governor issued a proclamation, beat other State to the recourse to the path of truth, viz: in honor of “sacrifice and contributions of the First Peoples of this land,” The world has for long realized that Christopher Columbus DID not discover America. Not at all! Native Americans were the Indigenous people who did. Yet, Christopher Columbus still occupies the honor of the national holiday he did not merit. Truth has caught up with the long years of lying and conspiracy.

    Ghana therefore deserves repeated commendation from all over the world, including India, too.



    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Adetoye,

      Thanks for this very apt comparison. And Ghana does open our eyes to ways to handle any issue that could cast a shadow of shame on a country’s dignity and pride: quick, decisive and praiseworthy.

      Sincere regards,



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