Convention People's Party
The United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) had been formed in 1947 with the goal of bringing about independence for Ghana. Kwame Nkrumah thought the UGCC's opposition to the colonial rulers lacked the necessary vehemence and urgency; he wanted immediate independence. Breaking from the UGCC on these grounds, he founded the CPP with the motto "self-government now".
On 9 January 1950 the CPP called for countrywide boycotts and strikes. In the course of these, two policemen were shot dead, and the CPP leadership was arrested and imprisoned. This only increased Nkrumah's popularity. When general elections were held in 1951, the CPP won decisively despite the imprisonment of Dr Nkrumah and other party leaders. Nkrumah was subsequently released to form the colony's first African government.
Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah broke away from the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) to form his Convention People's Party (CPP) in 1949. Nkrumah guided by his Pan-Africanist ideology felt he could not do business with the UGCC because of their measured, gradual, and somewhat tardy, approach to self-rule.The Convention Peoples' Party (CPP) was therefore formed in 1949 during the struggle for independence and it was the first party to rule Ghana after independence.
The CPP started as a vehicle of emancipation of the nation and the whole of Africa. It sees itself as a mass party that embraces farmers, fishermen, the rural folks, the rich and the poor alike. The CPP led by its illustrious leader, great Pan-Africanist and visionary Nkrumah turned to the masses that are the up and coming young men/women in the cities, but mainly marginalized by the attitude,
Our Ideaology - Nkrumaism
The Nkrumaism is the ideological principle underpinning Nkrumaist political parties, namely CPP, PNC etc. There are three main principles guiding Nkrumaism:
Self-determination: We must abandon our colonial mentality and inferiority complex and re-assert control over our natural resources and national interests for the sustainable and equitable development of our country.
Social Justice: The State has a moral and constitutional duty to promote equal opportunity and equitable rewards for all Ghanaians, irrespective of age, gender, ethnic, religious, political or other backgrounds, and
Pan-Africanism: We must work with Africans at home and abroad to find common solutions to our common problems of racism, poverty, exploitation and under-development.
For more information please visit: Centre for policy studies on Nkrumaism