In 2012, a statue of Kwame Nkrumah was unveiled at the African Union's headquarters in Addis Ababa, another recent example of his enduring reputation as the father of African independence and one of the continent's most admired postcolonial leaders. Sustained interest in Nkrumah, his pan-African ideas and Ghana's early years of independence has led to a steady stream of contemporary academic studies on his life and leadership.1 For this reason, Nkrumah was an obvious choice to be profiled by Ohio University Press's Short Histories of Africa series, which gives readers brief overviews of major topics, themes, and personalities in recent African history. Jeffrey Ahlman was an ideal selection for this project due to his nearly two decades worth of work on Nkrumah and current status as co-editor of Ghana Studies, the journal of the Ghana Studies Association.2 In short, the final product was excellent, exceeding the expectations...

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