Ghana's first president's real name was not Kwame Nkrumah

Ghana’s first president’s real name was not Kwame Nkrumah

Kwame Nkrumah is one of the most remembered legends in the history of Ghana following his heroics which led to that attainment of independence for the country. He went on to rule the country for 9 years before his eventful overthrow in 1966 by a military government.

Kwame Nkrumah was born in Nkroful, Gold coast in 1909 to Opanyin Nwiana Ngolomah and Elizabeth Nyanibah. His mother later claimed, Nkrumah was born in 1912 instead. However, he continued to use 1909 as his birth year. Few days after his birth, his father named him Francis Nwia Kofi. Throughout his schooling years, he was called Francis Nwia Kofi Nkrumah.


However, in 1945 while schooling in the UK, he decided to change his name by omitting ‘Francis’ and ‘Nwia’ and adopted Kwame Nkrumah as his new name. Nkrumah happened to be he only child of Elizabeth Nyanibah nonetheless his surname Nkrumah is traditionally given to the ninth child. Therefore, it’s purported Nkrumah’s birth probably antedates 8 other siblings.


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