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Kwame Nkrumah

First President of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah

Profession: First President of Ghana


Why Famous: Leader of Ghana and its predecessor state, the Gold Coast, from 1951 to 1966. Overseeing the nation's independence from British colonization in 1957, Nkrumah was the first President of Ghana and the first Prime Minister of Ghana.

An influential 20th-century advocate of Pan-Africanism, he was a founding member of the Organisation of African Unity and was the winner of the Lenin Peace Prize in 1963. He saw himself as an African Lenin.

Born: September 21, 1909
Birthplace: Nkroful, Gold Coast (Ghana)

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Virgo

Died: April 27, 1972 (aged 62)
Cause of Death: Prostate cancer

Historical Events

  • 1951-02-11 Kwame Nkrumah wins 1st parliamentary election in the Gold Coast (Ghana)
  • 1964-01-02 Failed assassination attempt on President Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana
  • 1966-02-24 Coup ousts President Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana
  • 1966-03-03 Kwame Nkrumah flees Ghana to Guinea
  • 1972-07-09 Kwame Nkrumah, re-buried in Nkroful, Ghana

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