It’s one of the most recognisable facts about Ghanaian history and every Tom, Dick and Harry knows it – the legend of the Big Six.
Their story is so ubiquitous that they are on almost all of our paper currency.
However, Managing editor of the Insight Newspaper and noted CPP supporter Kwesi Pratt Jr has railed against any notion of a ‘Big Six’ in Ghana’s history.
According to him, the truth is that there was only one ‘Big One’ (Kwame Nkrumah) with a ‘Small Five’ who only became famous because they were blamed for the 1948 riots.
“We often make reference to the so called big six; what is big six? They became big six not because they were the founders of the UGCC; they were not the founders of the UGCC. They became the big six because they were the people who were arrested by the colonial authority and blamed for the 1948 riots.” he said.
“If you read the historical records, all the five others denied having anything to do with the 1948 riots; it was only Nkrumah who took political responsibility of what had happened. So there was no big six in our history; it was only one big one and small five. So where is this big six coming from?” he emphatically added.