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Kwame Nkrumah: Happy 100th Earthday to Africa's First Independent Leader

Kwame Nkrumah: Happy 100th Earthday to Africa's First Independent Leader
Kwame Nkrumah: Happy 100th Earthday to Africa's First Independent Leader

Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana's first President and Africa's first independent leader, was born 100 years ago today - on September 21, 1909.

 

After becoming President in 1957, Nkrumah tried to install the Pan-African teachings of Marcus Garvey into his newly formed government.

 

 

But although he single-handedly established Ghana as the world's leading developing nation, Nkrumah was forced to flee his beloved country after a CIA-backed military coup in 1966.

 

In 2000, almost 40 years after his death, listeners of BBC World Service voted Nkrumah Africa's 'Man of the Millennium'.

 

However, critics claim he was a dictator and political dreamer responsible for bankrupting Ghana.

 

The Ghanaian government had more than £250 million when Nkrumah came to power, but less than £1 million by the time he was overthrown nine years later.

 

Was he a bad President or did corrupt ministers, the CIA and European businessmen get the better of him?

 

Watch the film below and judge for yourself…