Biography

June Milne

June Milne was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1920. She was educated at Cheltenham Ladies’ College and obtained a first class degree in Modern History at the University of London.

She met Kwame Nkrumah in 1957 and worked closely with him until his death.

June Milne became literary executrix of Kwame Nkrumah's estate following his overthrow in 1966.

She was with him in Romania when he died 1n 1972.

In his will, Nkrumah appointed her his Literary Executor, and he left all his published and unpublished papers and the copyrights of all his writings and speeches to her.

After his publishers, Thomas Nelson Educational Publishing refused to print any further materials after Kwame Nkrumah's overthrow, he set up Panaf Books Ltd in London in 1968.

The new company bought the remaining books, rescuing them from the previous publishers' plans to pulp them.

Panaf kept in print the books Nkrumah had written before the coup, and published the new books he immediately began to write after arriving in Conakry in March 1966.

June Milne managed the company for more than 20 years and retired from publishing in 1987 to spend more time in her work as Nkrumah’s literary executor.

She collated, organised and preserved Nkrumah's archives of published and unpublished papers.

Mrs Milne authored three books "Kwame Nkrumah: Life After the Coup And the Conakry Period in 1990, a moving biography Kwame Nkrumah in 1974 and Kwame Nkrumah: The Conkrary Years, Life and Letters.

She died in 2018 at the age of 98.