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Akora Kwame Nkrumah the first President of the Republic of Ghana.
Akora Dr. Kwame Nkrumah

Akora Dr. Kwame Nkrumah

Kwame Nkrumah the first President of the Republic of Ghana was born at Nkroful in the Western Region on the 21st of September, 1909. He spent his early childhood at both Nkroful and Half Assini in the Western Region.

In 1927, he was sent to Achimota Training College to have his education there. He returned from Achimota to teach in Axim and Elmina. While in Achimota, he aspired to travel to the United States of America to pursue a higher education. To America he went and the experience that he had there molded him and prepared him for the tasks ahead. He saw poverty, racism and injustice in their raw forms and learnt how to preserve. He graduated from the Seminary at Lincoln University with Bachelor of Theology degree in 1942. The same year, he received a  Masters of Sciene degree in Education from  the University of Pennsylvania and started preparing for the Doctorate of Philosophy examination. Within two years, he had completed the course and preliminary examination. He had only his thesis to write but had to leave to London in 1945. He was voted, “The Most Outstanding Professor of the Year” by the Lincolnian (The Lincoln University Journal).

His years in London were most eventful. He was instrumental in the organisation of the 5th Pan African Congress in Manchester. It was his energy and his untiring and insatiable quest for Africa’s freedom that caught the eyes of the Leaders of the U.G.C.C, notably Ako Adjei, who invited him to be the General Secretary of the party. He broke off from the U.G.C.C in 1949 and formed the Convention People’s, a vehicle he used in agitating for and procuring independence for the Gold Coast 1957.

Nkrumah achieved a lot in the socio-economic development of the country. A series of two, five and seven- year development plans were drawn up and meticulously followed as the blueprint for Ghana’s development. Nkrumah’s anti – imperialist and anti- neocolonialist stance made him believe in the state-led economic development. He was overthrown by a  coup d’état in 1966 while on his way to Hanoi to help resolve Vietnam crisis.

Nkrumah was a great man and Africa’s “Man of the Millenium “. He married an Egyptian lady, Fathia. He had four children, Francis, Gamel, Sami and Gorkeh. He died in Romania in 1972.

 

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Last updated at : 01 June,2012
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