April 27 in History: Ghanaian former President Kwame Nkrumah Dies in Romania in 1972

April 27 in History: Ghanaian former President Kwame Nkrumah Dies in Romania in 1972

On 27th of April 1972, former President of Ghana at the same time a Pan-Africanist, Kwame Nkrumah died at the age of 62 in Romania after 6 years in exile in Guinea.

President Nkrumah is remembered for his great devotion and great role he played in the formation of the Organization of African Unity (O.A.U) which is today African Union (AU). Kwame Nkrumah led his country Ghana to independence in 1957.

On February 24th 1966, President Nkrumah was removed in power through a military coup by National Liberation Council (NLC) when he was in Beijing attending with plan to end American war in Vietnam.

After his government was unconstitutionally ousted from power, he was invited to Conakry by the President of Guinea, Ahmed Sékou Touré.

On 27th of April 1972 Ahmed Sékou Touré, the first President of Guinea, Ahmed Sékou Touré who was one of his closest friends announced his death after he died of cancer in Romania.

Later after funeral ceremony in Conakry the capital of Guinea, many of the African Heads of States and representative from 25 other nations paid their honor to the Ghana’s first President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah on Saturday 13th of May 1972.

Ghana’s new ruling military body attended the funeral in Conakry but Accra gave deaf hear of when the remain of President Nkrumah would be taken back to Ghana for burial. There was also rumors that the body would not be taken back by Guineans.

Dr. Kwame Nkrumah Statue in Ghana

It took time for talk between the government of Guinea and military leaders of Ghana about the return of the body of Ghana’s first President Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. Two months later, on July 9 1972 Nkrumah was buried in his home village Nkroful in Ghana and his remains were later moved to the large national memorial tomb and park in Accra, Ghana which is now known as Nkrumah’s Museum and its now becomes as one of the tourist destinations in Africa.  

African Union Students in 1972 asked the government of Guinea for erecting the monument in the honor of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah after the statue was destroyed during unconstitutionally coup. Later Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC), decided to build the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum.

Monument of Kwame Nkrumah in Accra, Ghana