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    The Ghanaian government has recently formed a committee to honour the memory of the late Dr.

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    The Ghanaian government has recently formed a committee to honour the memory of the late Dr. Kwame Nkrumah for his contribution to the African struggle for independence.

    An official statement released in april said that the memorial would also be in appreciation of his unique role as the architect of Ghana's independence and the formation of the Organisation of african Unity.

    Dr. Nkrumah, whose real name was Francis Nwia Kofi, died on april 27 1972 in Bucharest, Rumania at the age of 63. He was for six years the President of Ghana -- from July 1 1960 when Ghana was proclaimed a Republic to february 1966.

    Hailed by many of his countrymen as their "Osagyefo" (Redeemer), Dr. Nkrumah developed a personality cult within Ghana. But his popularity did not remain unchallenged.

    From 1962 onwards he lived under heavy security protection. He escaped at least six attempts on his life and about a dozen conspiracies to overthrow him until he was finally deposed in February 1966 while on a trip to China. From that moment on until his death, he lived in exile in Conakry, the capital of Guinea. and it wasn't until June 9th 1972 that his body was buried in his home town of Nkroful, Ghana.

    SYNOPSIS: Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was for six years President of Ghana...from July 1st 1960, when Ghana was proclaimed a Republic to February 1966, when he was deposed from office.

    Hailed by many of his countrymen as their "Redeemer", Dr. Nkrumah developed a personality cult at home, and a political policy known as 'Nkrumaism". But his popularity did not remain unchallenged.

    There were at least six attempts on his life, and a dozen conspiracies to overthrow him.

    But recently a committee has been set up to honour his memory. Mr. Casely-Hayford, the Chairman, explains its purpose
    Dr. Nkrumah is buried at his home town of Nkrumah is buried at his home town of Nkroful. And in creating a suitable memorial to the former President, it is fitting that he should be remembered as the architect of his country's independence and the formation of the Organisation of African Unity.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9ZQ7NLR52L2MV0F3G6WDB4GNN
    Media URN:
    VLVA9ZQ7NLR52L2MV0F3G6WDB4GNN
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/07/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:56:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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