This is a manual. It is not a replacement for the book, Consciencism: Philosophy and Ideology for De-colonisation. It is meant to aid the reading and understanding of that book. It makes no pretense at covering every issue that the book raises. It covers those issues that do not lend themselves to ready and easy comprehension to persons without the benefit of formal training in Philosophy. It ignores those issues that the author, Kwame Nkrumah, explains in accessible language without making it difficult for the reader to understand the ones it deals with. Most of the ignored issues are, in fact, illustrative examples to clarify or simplify explained positions. Chapter Five of the book is one such casualty. Those examples are not superfluous and must be read to deepen one’s grasp of the presented arguments. That is why we urge the reader to read the original text in its entirety as this manual is not and cannot be a replacement for it. The benefits from reading the original text are exceedingly huge.
Originally requested as a review by the Socialist Forum of Ghana (SFG) in connection with the golden jubilee anniversary of Ghana’s independence celebrations in 2007 and later by the journal, Kilombo, this manual has had to assume its present form upon the suggestion of Explo Nani-Kofi and Eki Gbinigie. The latter urged a more comprehensive handout to help explain the difficult philosophical turns of speech that rendered reading and comprehension difficult. Her concern turned out to be a popular one as we later found that many persons of all generations have had similar difficulty in handling the text of the book, Consciencism. The motivation then was to reduce the language level in the book to the level of accessibility of the non-expert. Once the execution of this task begun, the need for interpretation of the text made itself felt. For, the presentation style of the book is not what could be said to be straightforward. It is lorgorligi – i.e. it has breaks and turns.
The interpretative style involved an economy in its dealing with essences in the main. This is why we should repeat that this manual is meant to encourage the reading of the original text but not to replace it. If the reader has therefore read the manual without the book we encourage them to do a second reading alongside the book itself. It is only when the book is read in its entirety that the mission of this manual would have been seen and felt to have been accomplished.