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'Let us Rally Around the Flag': Football, Nation Building and Pan-Africanism in Kwame Nkrumah's Ghana

Darby, Paul (2013) 'Let us Rally Around the Flag': Football, Nation Building and Pan-Africanism in Kwame Nkrumah's Ghana. The Journal of African History, 54 (2). pp. 221-246. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1017/S0021853713000236

Abstract

The nationalistic fervour that greeted Ghana's performances in the 2010 football World Cup in South Africa powerfully evoked memories of an earlier period in the history of the Ghanaian state that witnessed Kwame Nkrumah, the first president of independent Ghana, draw on the game as a rallying point for nation-building and pan-African unity. This article uncovers this history by analysing Nkrumah's overt politicisation of football in the late colonial and immediate postcolonial periods. This study not only makes a novel contribution to the growing historical and social scientific literature on what is arguably Africa's most pervasive popular cultural form but also deepens our understanding of one of the continent's most significant political figures.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Sport
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute > Centre for Sport in Society
Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute
ID Code:26679
Deposited By: Dr Paul Darby
Deposited On:27 Aug 2013 10:25
Last Modified:24 Sep 2013 15:48

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