untitled… (Six and Fours) suggests the imbalance in the shifts, usurpation and transfer of power throughout Ghana’scheckered post independence political history and the quest to defining a concrete national identity. The work charts the collective efforts of six selfless and dedicated individuals to the cause of freedom from an oppressive government system.
Out of them emerged one who was more poignant and urgent of the idea and through his passionate disposition attained the cause of which four Republics have consequently been born.
Kwame Nkrumah, by birthing Ghana defined its origin. His vociferous and incessant proliferation of the concept of a united Africa alludes to his idealized new citizen [of Africa].
“Africa needs a new type of citizen, a dedicated, modest, honest, informed man. A man who submerges self in service to the nation and mankind. A man who abhors greed and detests vanity. A new type of man whose humility is his strength and whose integrity is his greatness.”1
The work univocally speaks through Nkrumah’s axioms on the various facets of culture, politics, identity, ethics, et al while throwing some of the man’s anxieties and compulsion on to the audience. The texts were varied in font size, orientation and placement– in order to engage the spectator’s participation within the context of the composition.Nkrumah’s desire of an All-African Union Government was suggested with different tonal [wooden] beads arranged on the floor…
The idea of the Black Star (reduced to its five points and represented with wood) was juxtaposed on the right side of the main area to reinforce Nkrumah’s conception of the “new African”.
1 Africa Must Unite, Heinemann, London, 1963 p.130