President Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana
Kwame Nkrumah helped Ghana to gain independence in 1957, making it the first country south of the Sahara to achieve such a feat from its colonial masters.
He ruled the country from independence in 1957 until he was overthrown by a coup in 1966. Born September 1909, at Nkroful, Gold Coast [now Ghana] he died on April 27, 1972, Bucharest, Romania.
He is reported to have died of prostate cancer with no family member by his side after months of failing health following the mysterious death of his cook in Conakry, Guinea, where he was exiled after his overthrow in 1966.
The cause of his death has been an issue of contention as Nkrumah himself believed he was not safe from Western intelligence agencies and had suspicions of being poisoned.