Opinions & Features September 11, 2019 at 11:38 am

These romantic wedding photos of African leaders will make you fall in love again

Novieku Babatunde Adeola | Staff Writer

Novieku Babatunde Adeola September 11, 2019 at 11:38 am

September 11, 2019 at 11:38 am | Opinions & Features

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 President of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah (1909 – 1972) with his wife Fathia Nkrumah (nee Rizk, 1932 – 2007), circa  1963_Photo: Pinterest

Kwame Nkrumah and Fathia

The union of Kwame Nkrumah and Fathia, according to Dr. Carina Ray’s book, “Crossing the Color Line: Race, Sex, and the Contested Politics of Colonialism in Ghana”, threw the Western World into a panic. The pair tied the not in December 1957, shortly after Ghana achieved its independence from Britain.

International observers were worried and assumed it was another strategic move from Nkrumah.

At the time, Fathia Halen Ritzk, an Egyptian woman, was only a 26-year-old studying Arabic in Cairo. Nkrumah married Fathia at the Chrsitianborg Castle, despite reports of political and family resistance.

Their union produced three children: Gamal, Samia, and Sekou Nkrumah.


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