5 Africans who were trained by the French army and went on to lead coups against leaders in their countries

Nii Ntreh November 12, 2019
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Etienne Eyadema Gnassingbe. Photo Credit: Africa-facts.org

Etienne Eyadema Gnassingbe

Eyadema joined the French army after middle school. He was initially trained in handling weapons and self-defence, just enough to be taken to Indochina and Algeria to fight for France.

In 1962, he returned to Togo and led a coup the following year which took out President Sylvanus Olympio, the country’s independence leader. Eyadema ruled from 1967 until his death in 2005.

Last Edited by:Kent Mensah Updated: November 13, 2019


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