NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
26th February, 1966 : Ghana’s President, Kwame Nkrumah, was welcomed in Peking by a 21-gun salute, and then told by Chinese Communist leaders that back home people were dancing in the streets after the Army had seized power and overthrown his regime. Grim-faced, he said he would continue with his peace mission to Vietnam. Nkrumah, the self-styled Osagyefo or Redeemer, won independence for Ghana in 1957, but his dictatorial rule alienated the people. The only resistance to the Army’s coup came from 200-strong Russian-trained bodyguard at Flagstaff House, the Presidential palace in Accra. Over 1,000 political prisoners have been freed.
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