Biography of the Week: Kwame Nkrumah

Kwame Nkrumah, (born Sept. 1909, Nkroful, Gold Coast [now Ghana]—died April 27, 1972, Bucharest, Rom.), Ghanaian 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 until he was overthrown by a coup in 1966.

Nkrumah, a strong advocate of Pan Africanism, declared that "the independence of Ghana is meaningless unless it is linked with the total liberation of the African continent." By leading Africa's independent movement, Nkrumah became a source of inspiration throughout the African continent. He played a significant role in the creation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in 1963, a precursor to the current African Union.

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