Celebrating Dr. Kwame Nkrumah is one of the best decisions that the leadership of Ghana has taken. The massive efforts of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah in building Ghana cannot be underrated in the history of Ghana. The death of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah shocked the whole world in 1972 most especially Africans.
It is sad to know what led to the painful demise of Dr. Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah. There have been several debates and discussions on what led to the death of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah on various platforms. We bring you the full details about what exactly happened before his demise.
Before the death of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, several attempts were made to eliminate him when he was trying to unify Africa and grow Gold Coast (Ghana). We shall take you through some of those attempts and how he managed to escape before his demise
In the year 1964, a planned assassination attempt was made against Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, but we survived. According to the story, a 13- year- old girl by the name Elizabeth Asantewaa was given a flower (which contained a bomb) to be delivered to Dr. Kwame Nkrumah on the 6th March 1964 Independence Day celebration held in the Upper East Region of Ghana at a place called Kulungugu. Fortunately, on the part of Nkrumah, he was able to escape while other people died in that incident.
Again, on the 2nd Of January 1964, a police officer named Constable Ametewee shot at Dr. Kwame Nkrumah at a very close range. However, his shot couldn’ t kill Dr. Kwame NKrumah at the Flagstaff house.
In addition, another bomb attack was staged against Dr. Kwame Nkrumah at his residence in 1962. Records show that this particular incident occurred on the 9th of September 1962. This incident led to the death of several people but Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was able to escape.
The Ghana Association of Journalists and Writers celebrated Mr. Nkrumah’ s escape with a vigil of thanksgiving at the press club, the first of its kind expected throughout the nation. Ghanaians were very glad to hear that Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was still alive.
Other sources indicated that in the year 1956, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah experienced his first assassination attempt. A bomb exploded in his house in Accra while he was meeting with several government ministers. However, No one was injured.
In addition, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was still living in fear and panic when a grenade was thrown at him on Ghana’ s northern frontier near Upper Volta. Several persons in the crowd near him were killed, but Dr. Kwame Nkrumah survived again.
In the power and jurisdiction of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, several persons suffered the consequences of their actions. That is to say that, all those who staged an assassination attempt against Dr. Kwame Nkrumah were arrested and dealt with according to the degree of their crime including Constable Ameteee (the police officer who shot at Dr. Kwame Nkrumah at the Flagstaff House in 1964).
President Nkrumah who then became Osagyefo, or the Redeemer, is hailed as immortal following how he was able to escape all those assassination attempts against his life. Several activities were initiated by Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah which the people of Gold Coast were not happy about. Dr. Kwame Nkrumah in his authority could dismiss judges. Many people saw Dr. Kwame Nkrumah as a dictator despite his good plans and initiatives to develop the country.
Death is inevitable and everyone on earth will surely taste death. Dr. Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah indeed survived several attempts to assassinate him. However, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah did not live forever. There will be a to in our life where we have to go back to our creator. Death is part of life.
To what killed Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, some of his family members believed that their treasure ( Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah) died through food poison at the hands of Western Agents. It is hard for the masses to believe that Dr. Kwame Nkrumah died through food poison.
What led to the death of Kwame Nkrumah?
Exile and death
At the climax of the story, it was confirmed nationwide in 1972 that, the First President Of the Republic Of Ghana, Dr. Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah died from cancer.
In 1972, Kwame Nkrumah passed away in Bucharest, Romania. According to some sources, the reason for his death was cancer. Many scholars believe that Nkrumah died of betrayal cancer which has to do with how he was treated by Ghanaians when he was overthrown.