Kambon, Ọ., & Appiagyei-Atua, K. (In press, 2018). The Exportation and Imposition of Statues and why Gandhi Still Must Fall in Ghana. In O. Rhodes Must Fall Movement (Ed.), Rhodes Must Fall: The Struggle to Decolonise the Racist Heart of Empire. London: Zed Books.
ABSTRACT: Ignorance or concealment of major historical events constitutes an obstacle to mutual understanding, reconciliation and cooperation among peoples. It is for this reason, that the UN General Assembly, through its resolution 68/237 of 23 December 2013, proclaimed 2015-2024 as the “International Decade for People of African Descent” under the theme: “People of African descent: recognition, justice and development.” People of Afrikan Descent experience “intersectionality” of discrimination founded on racist theories, doctrines, ideologies which are “scientifically false, morally reprehensible, socially unjust, and contrary to the basic principles of international law; they therefore seriously undermine international peace and security …” , Yet, in the heat of celebrating this decade, the University of Ghana did the unthinkable by allowing a statue of Gandhi to be placed on university soil without prior consultation with the university community. So, why have Afrikan=Black people in Ghana called for the statue of Gandhi at the University of Ghana to fall? In this paper, we hope to present the other side of Gandhi beyond the myth and propaganda (which we call impropagandhi) – the staunch pro-Indo-Aryan anti-Afrikan/anti-Black side of a man fighting for his caste and for casteism and against the ideals associated with the International Decade for People of African Descent.