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General Joseph Arthur Ankrah ‘s Letter to the American President.
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General Joseph Arthur Ankrah ‘s Letter to the American President.

A Letter from the Military Ruler, Lt. General Joseph Arthur Ankrah to the American President, Lyndon Baines Johnson on March 24th, 1966, a month after the overthrow of President Kwame Nkrumah to Justify the Coup of 1966. Lt. General Joseph Arthur Ankrah, the Ghanaian military Head of State meeting President Lyndon Baines Johnson of the United States in the Oval Office of the White House on October 10th, 1967. Ankrah had previously written a letter to Johnson in March 1966, a month after the overthrow of President Kwame Nkrumah. Accra, March 24, 1966. My dear President Johnson, I am taking this opportunity to write to you personally in order to explain the circumstances that led to the recent change of government in Ghana and to discuss some of the most crucial problems ...
Today in history: Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was banned for ten games
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Today in history: Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was banned for ten games

Today marks nine years since Luis Suarez made the headlines around the world for all the wrong reasons following a Liverpool Premier League game. Today marks nine years since Luis Suarez bit Branislav Ivanovic against Chelsea and was banned for ten games. On a chaotic day for the Uruguayan, Liverpool won a corner in the 69th minute and Suarez tangled with Ivanovic before sinking his teeth into the defender’s right arm. Referee Kevin Friend didn’t see the clash but the FA investigated and subsequently banned the forward for ten games. This was a further stain on Suarez’s chastening reputation and followed a similar ban of seven games for biting PSV Eindhoven midfielder Otman Bakkal’s shoulder while playing for Ajax in 2010. The striker was condemned around the...
Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was elected as the first prime minister of the Gold Coast
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Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was elected as the first prime minister of the Gold Coast

Today in History, on 21 March 1952, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah became the first prime minister of the Gold Coast (now Ghana). Kwame Nkrumah was released from prison on February 12, 1951, and was summoned by Sir Charles Arden-Clarke, the Governor, and asked to form a government on 13 February after his party, the Convention People’s Party (CPP), won the 1951 elections. The new Legislative Assembly met on 20 February 1951, with Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah as Leader of Government Business, and E.C. Quist as President of the Assembly. A year later, the constitution was amended to provide for a Prime Minister on 10 March 1952. On March 21st, 1952, Kwame Nkrumah was elected by secret ballot to the Legislative Council after winning by 45 votes to 31 with 8 abstentions. Nkrumah ...
Kwame Nkrumah’s words about the 1966 coup led by kotoka
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Kwame Nkrumah’s words about the 1966 coup led by kotoka

Kwame Nkrumah ‘s words about the coup which deposed him headed by Colonel Emmanuel Kwesi Kotoka and Major Akwasi Amankwa Afrifa: “I left Accra on 21st February 1966. I was seen off at the airport by most of the leading government and Party officials, and by service chiefs. I recall the handshakes and the expressions of good wishes from Harlley, Deku, Yakubu, and others. These men, smiling and ingratiating, had all the time treason and treachery in their minds. They had even planned my assassination on that day, though they later abandoned the idea. I remember shaking hands with Major-General Barwah—to be murdered in cold blood three days later when he refused to surrender to the rebel army soldiers. I little thought then that I would never see him again, or that Zane...
BABA YARA; Greatest Ghanaian Footballer
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BABA YARA; Greatest Ghanaian Footballer

Baba Yara was born on the 12th of October, 1936 in Kumasi, Ashanti Region. Baba Yara popularly called King Winger was one of Ghana’s legends in football; a foremost player, voted twice as Ghana’s Footballer of the year as a result of his fantastic goal scoring skill. Yara’s rise to fame was unprecedented as a result of his goal scoring skills; however, his football career was abruptly put to an end as a result of a car accident. Yara started out as a horse jockey player as a youngster at the Accra Turf Club between 1950 and 1955. Asante Kotoko signed him in 1955, and after a few years, became the greatest footballer of his generation. He made his debut as a member of the Black Stars in 1955 in a match that saw Ghana put 7 past Nigeria at the Accra Sports Stadium. Baba scored ...
President Kwame Nkrumah overthrown in a Coup
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President Kwame Nkrumah overthrown in a Coup

Today in History, President Kwame Nkrumah was unconstitutionally ousted from office through a military coup. The Coup was launched by the National Liberation council (NLC) with the code name “Operation Cold Chop,” on February 24th, 1966. 6th March 1966: Children around a fallen statue of the self appointed president of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah during the coup that overthrew his dictatorship. (Photo by Harry Dempster/Express/Getty Images) On February 21, 1966, President Kwame Nkrumah left Ghana for Hanoi, the Democratic Republic of North Vietnam, at the invitation of President Ho Chi Minh to resolve the Vietnam War. Ghana was left under the control of a three-man Presidential Commission. On his entourage were his foreign affairs minister, Alex Quason Sackey, his Trad...
Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah ‘s Journey of No Return
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Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah ‘s Journey of No Return

Today in History, On February 21, 1966, Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah left Ghana for Hanoi, the Democratic Republic of North Vietnam, at the invitation of President Ho Chi Minh to resolve the Vietnam War. Ghana was left under the control of a three-man Presidential Commission. On his entourage were his foreign affairs minister, Alex Quason Sackey, his Trade and Industry Minister Ambassador Kwesi Armah and among others. Osagyefo kwame nkrumah Consequently, the CIA-backed coup in Ghana was carried out at the dawn of February 24, 1966, while Nkrumah was still on a peace mission in Asia. Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was told by the Chinese Ambassador over there that he has been overthrown. Kwame Nkrumah could not believe it that he has been overthrown. Source: Ghanaianmuseum...
Hearts sign GHS255,000 partnership agreement with KANGEN WATER
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Hearts sign GHS255,000 partnership agreement with KANGEN WATER

Management of Accra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club has announced that the club has signed a three-year Commercial Partnership Agreement with KANGEN WATER GHANA LIMITED. The agreement consists of the supply of packaged drinking water worth about GHS255,000 per year to the club, and the development of a range of co-branded drinking water for the market. The decision to partner with the company is driven mainly by the company’s range of Alkaline Drinking Water that has immense health benefits, as well as their commitment to fully meet the club’s water needs. Hearts of Oak is therefore proud to acknowledge KANGEN WATER as the Clubs Official Water Partner for the duration of this agreement. Supporters of the club are encouraged to patronize the products of KANGEN WATER and suppor...
Kumasi College of Technology, KNUST officially opened in 1952
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Kumasi College of Technology, KNUST officially opened in 1952

Today in History on 22 January 1952, Kumasi College of Technology, Now Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) was officially opened. The University of Science and Technology succeeded the Kumasi College of Technology which was established by a Government Ordinance on 6th October 1951. It was however, opened officially on 22nd January 1952 with 200 Teacher Training students transferred from Achimota, to form the nucleus of the new College. October, 1952, School of Engineering and the Department of Commerce established In October, 1952, the School of Engineering and the Department of Commerce were established and the first students were admitted. From 1952 to 1955, the School of Engineering prepared students for professional qualifications...
Melody Millicent Danquah, first female Ghanaian pilot
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Melody Millicent Danquah, first female Ghanaian pilot

Melody Millicent Danquah was born in Larteh Akuapem, on 6 January 1937 to Ibinijah Rexford Addo-Danquah, who was the illustrious Court Registrar and Arbitrator of Larteh. Her mother was Selina Gyamfi, Melody was the sixth of 10 siblings. She died on 18th March 2016. Danquah was educated at the Methodist Primary and Middle schools in Larteh and Wesley Girls High School in Cape Coast. She was also a product of the Government Secretarial School. Melody Danquah was chosen among the first three women towards the end of 1963 to be trained into the Ghana Air Force as pilots. She successfully made the grade and the subsequent basic military training at the Ghana Military Academy. On 22 June 1964, Flt. Cadet Danquah flew solo for the first time in a de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chip...