Dr Kwame Nkrumah 49 Years Of Overthrow Of Ghana’s First President

Today marks 49 years when Ghana's first president, Dr Kwame Nkrumah was overthrown through a military coup.

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Forty-nine years ago today, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, President of Ghana was on his way to Hanoi Vietnam to resolve the Vietnam war when he was overthrown through a military and police coup d’état in which the key figures were Col E.K. Kotoka, Major A.A. Afrifa and Inspector General of Police J.W.K. Harlley.

The Soldiers led by Lt. Col. Emmanuel Kotoka and Major Akwasi Afrifa made sure Nkrumah did not make a return trip to Ghana and to power again.

Back home, his own country which he had helped to liberate from British Colonial rule was in turmoil.

The overthrow of Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkruma has been described in some quarters as an event which has affected politics in Ghana and the total shift from those organizations and institutions that Nkrumah worked as well as ideas and structures which President Nkrumah had.

After several stops and starts with democratic rule, the country now has political stability with successful elections of four Presidents.

However, political stability alone does not propel economic development.

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