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Which African hero/heroine should the University of Ghana honour with a statue?

This week we reported that Ghana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has indicated that it would “want to remove the statue of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi from the University of Ghana campus” after a campaign led by academics. The campaigners have requested the University to give them an opportunity to “fund raise for the erection of a statue or statues of a Ghanaian/African hero(es)/heroine(s) to grace our University campus”. With a plethora of African queens, kings, ancient and contemporary heroes and heroines, who should receive this great honour?

University of Ghana campaigners recently petitioned for the removal of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi’s statue from the university because of Gandhi’s “racist identity” and numerous racist statements attributed to him in his lifetime.

Ghana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration reportedly indicated that it would “want to remove the statue of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi from the University of Ghana campus” after a campaign which was spearheaded by academics.

The campaigners have requested the University to give them an opportunity to “fund raise for the erection of a statue or statues of a Ghanaian/African hero(es)/heroine(s) to grace our University campus”.

Read: Gandhi Falls: Gandhi statue to be removed from the University of Ghana campus

Africa has a long list and history of remarkable kingdoms, from ancient Mali, Egypt, Benin, Great Zimbabwe (Munhumutapa), Ethiopia, Ghana (Ashanti), Zulu Kingdom and Mapungubwe in South Africa amongst others. We also have contemporary heroes, and heroines, African men and women who have dedicated their lives, fighting for various noble causes such as freedom, justice and equality.

With a plethora of African kingdoms which existed, legendary women and men, queens, kings, ancient and contemporary heroes and heroines, as well as great revolutionaries, we ask who should receive this great honour to grace the university’s campus?

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