THE MICHIGAN nAuv
FRXDAY,.MARCH 1,1957 * - ~ m~
BRITISH GOLD COAST:
Citizens Fear, Rejoice over New. Independence
By CAROL PRINS
Independence of the African
Gold Coast, being granted by Great
Britain Wednesday, creates mixed
emotions of happiness and an-
xiety in its citizens, African stu-
dent ,Solomon Quaynor, '58NR,
"Independence has been long
championed by the people of the
Gold Coast and its attainment
causes great joy. With this elation,
we feel a great burden of respon-
sibilitytoward the other African
Gold Coast will be the first Afri-
can country to be released from
British colonization, and because
of this, our nation must set a good
example to the i-est of Africa and
the world, Quaynor said...
"We feel the burden of all Afri--
can people under colonial rule and
we realize we must make it easier
for them to attain self-govern-
Educational policies of the gov-
ernment include encouraging study~
by young adults in all areas of
Quaynor's work in forestry will
enable him to return to the Gold
Coast in 1959 after finishing un-
dergraduate and graduate work at
the University and employ its
natural resources in forming a
strong economic base for the gov-
Rich tropical mahogany forests.
bauxite and gold deposits form
the principal natural resources of
the land. The country needs people
in industry and natural resourses,
Quaynor claimed. "This is my part
- in furthering the welfare of the
e , l"While the welfare of the Gold
-Daily--John flrtzel Coast is our immediate concern,"
.Joy and a- 'ety he continued, "we look forward
to the time when all races will be
both for the literate and illiteiate treated equally."
is practiced in the Gold Coast. He concluded, "Dr. Aggrey, oftien
Questioned about literacy in the icalled Aggrey of Africa, said 'a
area, Quaynor noted the govern- beautiful melody can be played
ment is encouragin massevduca- only on th wht kes of a pfano,
villages to educate the older played only on the black keys. A
people. He indicated a definite harmony which is played on both'
swing toward literacy in the na-i fa mosre beautiful that ?ither,
be f ore pr i ce r ise
Al Pake Band
--Gold Coast Independence
... West African Union
Future Hopes unniveopwr vrte
asemb hl. eTi power wasr wth-
As these colonies receive their dawnemlate Tin 1950. aswih-
independence from Britain and danltrm15'
France, it Is hoped that a unified No Resentment
Wes African nation can be form- I oresententi etb h
Reviewing the struggle for in-
dependence, Quaynor explained
how the small, sparsely populated
nation of West Africa* became a
protectorate of Great Britain in
1844 with the promise of indepen-
dence in 1944.
When no move was made by the
* British, patriotic groups began
action toward independence .n
1948 with the formation of the
United Gold Coast Convention.
This movement broke down
when Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, sec-
retary of the party, broke away
and formed another party in hopes
of obtaining independence at a
rst morave of this "splinter"
-' group was a sitdown strike which
they felt would demonstrate to
the British that the natives could
coordinate and organize themselves
well enough to govern the coun-
Nkruah owas thrown in jail
at rdoatin te stke, bu
the legislative assembly. At this
time, the British colonial governor
peoleof heGold Coast towar
the British, Quaynor said. English-
men still hold advisory positions
in the Gold Coast government at
the request of the citizens.
"It is inevitable that twelve
million natives of that area subju-
gated by two million European
rulers will rise up against colonial
tyranny" Quaynor asserted. "I
don't blame them a bit."
Communism flourishes in such
an environment where pemule are
repressed and dominated, he
He pointed out the attitude of
the American sourtherners to-
ward discrimination of- the Negros
is also capitalized upon by Com-
munists in Africa. Russian urom-
ises look good to natives subjected
to colonalist policies of demo-
cratic nations and informed of
discriminatory practices in the
Returning to the discussion ef
the independence of the Gold
Coast, Quaynor indicated that the
government would be modeledJ af-
ter the British system with a prime
minister and a two party system.
The nation *will be a part of the
British Commonwealth as are
several other former British col-
onies. Complete adult suffrage,
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