Father of African Nationalism

kwame nkrumah ghana

Ghanaian statesman, the first President of Ghana (formerly Gold Coast), the foremost exponent of African unity and Pan-Africanism, one of the founding fathers of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) and a leading member of the Non-Aligned Movement. Kwame Nkrumah, (born September 1909, Nkroful, Gold Coast [now Ghana] – died April 27, 1972, Bucharest, Romania) is nationalist leader who led the Gold Coast’s drive for independence from Britain and presided over its emergence as the new nation of Ghana. He headed the country from independence in 1957. On Feb. 24, 1966, while Nkrumah was visiting Beijing, the army and police in Ghana seized power. Returning to West Africa, Nkrumah found asylum in Guinea, where he spent the remainder of his life. He died of cancer in Bucharest in 1972. Visit this database to get more information on Nkrumah’s legacy.  

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