”For the mass of workers, peasants and farmers, the victims of the capitalist free-for-all, it meant a return to the position of “drawers of water and hewers of wood” to Western capitalism.”
“hewers of wood and drawers of water” definition: performers of menial tasks , laborers.
When majority of ordinary Ghanaians today are engaged in poorly-paid jobs whiles the rest are unemployed.
When hopelessness and misery is what majority of young people in Ghana face due to lack of decent opportunities.
That is what Nkrumah meant by Ghanaian workers returning to the position of
“hewers of wood and drawers of water” as it was during colonialism.
The events of 24th February 1966 was not simply Nkrumah or the CPP getting overthrown. It was the destiny and progress of Ghanaians born & unborn that was overthrown on that day.
This is what we all need to know as we seek to understand our struggles today.
Every young Ghanaians needs to read Osagyefo’s ‘Dark Days in Ghana’ book.