Nkrumah, Rawlings and Akufo-Addo should be in an African cabinet – Lumumba

Renowned Kenyan lawyer and pan-Africanist, Professor Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba, has listed four Ghanaians who should serve in a unionised African state.

The anti-corruption campaigner believes Ghana’s first President, Dr Kwame Nkrumah; Ghana’s current President, Nana Akufo-Addo; former President Jerry John Rawlings, and educationist James Emman Kwegyir Aggrey would be leaders under his government.

Initially, Prof. Lumumba indicated that from the list of current presidents, he would have few people who meet his standards.

Speaking on Sunday Night in an interview on Asaase FM, monitored by theghanareport.com, he told the host Kweku Sakyi Addo that choosing from a pool of current Presidents and Prime Ministers, he would add President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame; Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed; President of Namibia, Hage Geingob; President of Botswana, Mokgweetsi Masisi; President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa; President of Malawi, Lazarus Chakwera; President of Senegal, Macky Sall and the President of Tanzania, John Magufuli.

He would add his country’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta “reluctantly” for “patriotism sake”.

In extending his list to cover African presidents in history for the last 100 years, Dr Kwame Nkrumah was first on his list, followed by former Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere.

In no particular order, the others were former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela; former President of Mozambique, Samora Machel; first Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Patrice Lumumba; former President of Mali, Modibo Keita; former President of Guinea, Sekou Toure; former President of Egypt, Gamel Abdul-Nasser; former Emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie; former President of Zambia, Kenneth Kaunda; former President of Botswana, Seretse Khama; former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo and former President Jerry John Rawlings.

He noted that despite “the many other things”, Mr Rawlings did some useful things as the leader of Ghana.

From other fields besides politicians, he listed educationist James Kwegyir Aggrey and South African teacher Robert Sobukwe.

For him, these are people who have their worth in the weight of gold.

For other offices, he would consider South African activist Winnie Mandela and former Prime Minister of Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta.

Asked about former Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, Prof Lumumba was of the view that the late man who served as president for 37 years was a “good dancer who did not know when to leave the dance floor”.




  1. Anonymous says

    Concert. He has not studied contemporary Ghanaian politics but relying on hearsay and conism.

    1. Anonymous says

      Stupid fool. Are you wiser than Lalumba

      1. Anonymous says

        You’re a bigger fool because you’re colour blind about everything Akuffo Addo.

    2. Impossible says

      Your guess is good as mine. He is entitled to his own beliefs nd observation. There should be delete nd insert if I happen to give marks.

  2. Kofi Sey says

    Your Comment A good observation. Though I disagree with PLO Lumumba on so of the persons he may consider in his cabinet, I praise him for what he has stood for. He is a true son of Africa.

    1. Anonymous says


  3. Anonymous says

    I use to admire this man but if he will have people like Akufo-Addo on his cabinet, then am sorry. A tribal bigotry who is out to destroy businesses of other people. Giving out a whole century old virgin forest reserve for 2bn loan.

    1. Noble Ayant says

      True talk
      May u live long

  4. YIRENKYI says


  5. Anonymous says

    He’s my mentor well said boss.

  6. Anonymous says

    Every African is hungry and will do anything to survive. The so-called TRILLIONAIRS inclusive.
    Quote me everywhere.

  7. Essum says

    But what criteria were used. Some of the the nominees were absolute dictators and murderers who do not deserve his consideration. In such a selection, strict criteria must be applied.

  8. Essum says

    Anonymous, why are hiding? Doesn’t Akufo Addo rank number 1 overall? Nkrumah ruled by silencing descenting views. His economic policies were ill- planned with established factories without raw materials. Rawlings murdered inoocent people for the sake of power.

  9. Anonymous says

    Just be read through the list he provided doesn’t have the name of the current president.

  10. Rich Mugabe says

    you are truly a professor and Africa is proud of you

  11. Mayin Richmond says

    you are a genius, president Akufo Addo should fit in any president cabinet in the world

  12. Anonymous says

    sometimes I feel pity for being a Ghanaian and as a matter of fact youth growing up in this country.
    When will a Ghana man share his view/ opinion on issues without insulting? Oh mother Ghana,
    Someone did his observation and has come out with people he think will fit into his cabinet, so if you disagree with him why the insults? Just share your opinion on his analysis and that is all.

    God bless mother Ghana
    God bless you all

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