Onsy Nathan Kwame Nkrumah is the biological son of the late President Kwame Nkrumah and must be treated as such, says Mrs Souad Mohammed El Rouby Sinare, an Egyptian and close associate of the Nkrumah Family.
She, therefore, debunked claims by social commentators and the media that Onsy did not belong to the Nkrumah Family and appealed to the children of the late President to be united and work hard to uphold the good name of their father and the legacy he left for the country, Africa and the world.
Throwing light on some aspects of the life of Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah at her Labone residence in Accra yesterday to clear the air over the relationship between Onsy and the first President, Madam Sinare, 89, stated that prior to his marriage to Madam Fathia, Dr Nkrumah had befriended an Egyptian woman by name Isis Nashid.
She said Nashid was brought down to the Gold Coast to work for the colonial establishment.
According to Madam Sinare, with time, the woman became a friend of Dr Nkrumah when he was the leader of the Ghanaian independence struggle.
Madam Sinare said before Ghana’s independence, Madam Nashid became pregnant for Dr Nkrumah but the pregnancy and their relationship were kept secret because of her association with the colonial establishment which brought her into the country, adding that the woman had to leave the Gold Coast for Egypt.
She said Nashid, on arrival in Egypt got married to an Egyptian man “in order to avoid the implications of carrying a child without a husband in a land governed by strict moral codes’’.
‘’The child that came out of the relationship between Kwame Nkrumah and Nashid has traced his roots back to his fatherland and this is Onsy Kwame Nkrumah, who sometime ago was welcomed by the family of Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah as their son because, I know, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah had told some relatives about him,” she stressed.
Sinare Family, Dr Nkrumah and Fathia
Madam Sinare said her husband’s father, the late Sheikh Said Sinare, was a very close friend of Madam Nyaniba, the mother of Dr Nkrumah, and so Dr Nkrumah, in his youth, was like a son to her father-in-law and, therefore, Dr Nkrumah and her husband knew each other from their childhood days and “we had been very close to Dr Nkrumah throughout his years as President until his overthrow and death in exile”.
She said Osagyefo Dr Nkrumah, who at the time did not want to marry because of his obsession with the affairs of Ghana, ‘’was encouraged by my husband and me to take a wife, especially when he became the leader of Ghana after the country’s independence’’.
Madam Sinare said Nkrumah, therefore, gave them the mandate in 1958 to search for a wife for him from Egypt. She, therefore, travelled to Egypt, looking for the Egyptian woman, Nashid, whom Nkrumah had an earlier relationship with.
‘’Unfortunately, we discovered that Isis Nashid had already been married to an Egyptian man and, therefore, we had to look for an alternative, and after the six-month wife hunt for our friend and Prime Minister of Ghana, we settled on Miss Fathia Rizk, another Egyptian woman from Cairo,” Madam Sinare said.
She continued that when they informed Dr Nkrumah of their find of a bride, he too informed the then President of Egypt, Gamal Abdul Nasser, who was very happy that his friend, Kwame Nkrumah, had decided to marry from his country.
said President Nasser subsequently paid the dowry to engage Madam Fathia to Dr Nkrumah, even when he had not yet seen his wife-to-be.
President Nasser informed the Egyptian nation of the high-profile marriage, which he believed would strengthen the bond of friendship between the two countries.
‘’I remember, when we brought Madam Fathia to Ghana, we took her to the house of Sir Arku Korsah, the Chief Justice of Ghana at the time, and then Dr Nkrumah drove to the place himself to receive his wife. Dr Nkrumah then invited some ministers and some people very close to him to the residence of Sir Arku Korsah for a brief private marriage ceremony, and after that the news of the arrival of the first First Lady of Ghana was broadcast to the nation,’’ Mrs Sinare stated.
She said soon after the marriage, Ghana and Egypt established diplomatic ties.
A nephew of Dr Nkrumah, Nana Bulumiatwum Kwasikutuah, a retired accountant at the University of Ghana, Legon, speaking on behalf of the family, said the family had already accepted Onsy into their fold as their true son.
He said with the current development, it had now been established that the late President Nkrumah had six biological children, made up of four gentlemen and two ladies, namely, Francis, Gamal, Sekou, Onsy, Samia and one Elizabeth Koranteng who, he said, is married to a diplomat in the United States.
He appealed to all the children, family and members of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) to work together to uphold the legacy of the late President.
Source: Daily Graphic
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