These famous African opposition leaders took their last breath within the confines of a prison cell

Novieku Babatunde Adeola November 15, 2019
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J.B Danquah

Born in Ghana, J.B Danquah’s political journey began in London as a student of Philosophy. Burning with the passion to change lives, he participated in student movements and became the first president of the famous West Africa Students’ Union founded in 1925 – Nkrumah was the vice president at the time.

The duo built a strong relationship that lasted for decades until they disagreed on ideologies. All of Danquah’s attempt to wrestle power from Nkrumah proved unsuccessful. 

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In another attempt to make Nkrumah unpopular, he instigated a labor strike on July 1, 1960, which lasted three months until the arrest of himself and 63 other opponents under the Prevention Detention Act (PDA).

Arrested and imprisoned at what is now the Nsawam prisons, he died from a heart attack in 1965 after a year in detention without trial.

Last Edited by:Kent Mensah Updated: November 15, 2019


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