The people who lived in the Gold Coast wanted independence from the British for a few reasons, the British government took control of trading forts, and in their years of ruling slavery was a big concept. many worked in the gold mines and or were being sold to neighboring states for white men instead.
In 1949, Nkrumah formed the Convention Peoples Party in Ghana, a mass gathering of tens of thousands of people. They were prepared to launch a mass struggle for the abolition of British colonial rule over the Gold Coast. at the same time, Nkrumah formed links with other Pan-African organizations that were operating in other colonies of West Africa. When the CPP called for a Positive Action Campaign leading to massive strikes and rebellion throughout the colony, Nkrumah was imprisoned by the colonial authorities for sedition.