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Ghana, a former colony of Great Britain, made history on March 6, 1957, when it became the first country in Sub-Saharan Africa to gain its independence. There have been many accounts of the story of Ghana’s independence by scholars, protagonists and observers alike. In this book, the author revisits the story and in a year by year account from 1947 to 1957 when the first Prime Minister, Kwame Nkrumah, declared Ghana’s independence, highlighting some of the key events that drove the struggle.
The book also examines in detail the role played by individuals whose names have come to be associated with the struggle as an attempt to settle the old question of individuals in political change with Ghana as the case study.
It is written with the perspective of a journalist and historian.
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Kabral Blay Amihere studied History and Sociology at the University of Ghana, Legon. He also studied Journalism and Communication at the same University and later International and Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics. He is a Nieman Fellow (1991) of Harvard University in the US and was, in 2017, awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Civil in recognition of his contribution to the promotion of relations between Ghana and Sierra Leone and academic work at Fourah Bay College by the University of Sierra Leone.
Kabral has had a distinguished career in journalism and diplomacy, having edited several newspapers in Ghana and contributed to the consolidation of media freedom and democracy in Ghana and West Africa when he served as President of both the Ghana Journalists Association and West Africa Journalist Association and Executive Member of the International Federation of Journalists. He served as Ghana's High Commissioner to Sierra Leone from 2001 to 2005 and Ambassador to Cote d'Ivoire. He was also a two-time Chairman of the National Media Commission, a constitutional body for media regulation and promotion of free speech in Ghana, from 2009 to 2015.
This is the author's sixth book. His previous books have focused on his reflections and observations as an African student in the US during the first Gulf War and the years he worked as a journalist and diplomat.