Thursday, September 20, 2012
Tomorrow is Founder's Day
Tomorrow is a holiday here in Ghana in honor of Kwame Nkrumah's birthday. Nkrumah was the first president of Ghana and he built much of the infrastructure we still use today including Akosombo Dam and Tema Harbor. On 24 February 1966 elements of the Ghanaian military and police overthrew him in a coup supported by President Lyndon Johnson. Nkrumah spent most of the rest of his life in exile in Conakry, Guinea and died of stomach cancer in Bucharest, Romania in 1972.