Several times they tried, most of the time they escaped; these African leaders survived deadly assassination attempts

Novieku Babatunde Adeola November 14, 2019
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Kwame Nkrumah – Ghana

Born to Kofi Ngonloma of the Asona Clan and Elizabeth Nyanibah at Nkroful in the Western Region of what was then known as the Gold Coast, Nkrumah led the West African nation to gain its independence from Britain in 1957. 

He was a staunch advocate for a united African state and the total liberation of the African continent from imperialism and western dependency.  His fight against external dominance caused several attempts on his life. In fact, Nkrumah survived five assassination attempts between 1956 and 1962.

The first was in 1956 before independence when a bomb exploded in his house in Accra while he was having a meeting with some close aides.

The last occurred on September 2nd, 1962 when a bomb exploded in a crowd outside the Flagstaff House – the seat of government. It killed one person and injured many.

Last Edited by:Kent Mensah Updated: November 14, 2019


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