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    The body of Ghana's first president, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, was buried at his hometown of?

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    The body of Ghana's first president, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, was buried at his hometown of Nkroful on Sunday (9 July).

    The body was flown to Nkroful from the capital Accra, 240 miles (384kms) to the northwest, where it lay in state for ten hours on Saturday.

    During the lying in state, thousands of Ghanaians filed past the coffin. They were led by the present head of state, Colonel Ignatius Acheampong, and Dr. Nkrumah's widow and children.

    Dr. Nkrumah, who was 62, died in April in a clinic at Bucharest in Rumania. The return of his body to Ghana was delayed by lengthy negotiations between the present rulers of Ghana and the Guinea Government of President Sekou Toure. After his overthrow in Ghana, Dr. Nkrumah was appointed the joint president of Guinea.

    Colonel Acheampong has paid tribute to President Nkrumah as a relentless fighter against colonialism and racism. The Colonel described President Nkrumah as a "great leader whose place in history is well assured."
    SYNOPSIS: A ceremonial journey through the streets of Accra in Ghana on Saturday for the coffin carrying the body of Ghana's former leader, President Kwame Nkrumah. The coffin was being taken to the Parliament buildings - there to lie in state while thousands of Ghanaians filed silently past. Dr. Nkrumah's body returned to Ghana at the conclusion of lengthy negotiations over where he was to be buried. After Dr. Nkrumah was deposed in Ghana he was appointed joint president of Guinea -- and negotiations concerning the burial place have been going on between Guinea and Ghana since his death in April. It's six years since Dr. Nkrumah was exiled from his homeland, but Ghana's present leader, Colonel Acheampong says his place in history is assured.

    At Ghana's State House, the coffin was transferred from the gun carriage to the shoulders of a squad of guardsmen. They carried the body to a place of honour in the State Hall conference centre. Later, Colonel Acheampong was to describe President Nkrumah as a relentless fighter against colonialism and racism. He said that even in death Dr. Nkrumah's spirit will continue to inspire the valiant fighters against these evils.

    Members of Ghana's present government - the National Redemption Council - were the first to pay their respects. They were led by Colonel Acheampong.

    Next - diplomats from the many embassies and consulates in Accra.

    A book of condolences was open, and among the first to sign was the former president's widow, Madame Fathia Nkrumah. She was followed by President Nkrumah's son, Dr. Francis Nkrumah.

    For Madama Nkrumah - relief that her husband's body is, after all, to be buried according to his wishes.... in his home town. And thousands of mourners made it clear that they too were glad that Ghana was to be the burial place of the former leader described by Colonel Acheampong as "a great man."

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