Kwame Nkrumah

1909 - 1972

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Kwame Nkrumah (21 September 1909 – 27 April 1972) was a Ghanaian politician, political theorist, and revolutionary. He was the first Prime Minister and President of Ghana, having led the Gold Coast to independence from Britain in 1957. An influential advocate of Pan-Africanism, Nkrumah was a founding member of the Organization of African Unity and winner of the Lenin Peace Prize from the Soviet Union in 1962.After twelve years abroad pursuing higher education, developing his political philosophy, and organizing with other diasporic pan-Africanists, Nkrumah returned to the Gold Coast to begin his political career as an advocate of national independence. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Kwame Nkrumah has received more than 3,213,221 page views. His biography is available in 120 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 117 in 2019). Kwame Nkrumah is the 1,184th most popular politician (down from 1,070th in 2019), the 2nd most popular biography from Ghana and the most popular Ghanaian Politician.

Kwame Nkrumah was the first president of Ghana. He led Ghana to independence from British colonial rule in 1957. He was then overthrown in a military coup in 1966.

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Among politicians, Kwame Nkrumah ranks 1,184 out of 15,710Before him are Antiochus I Soter, Muawiya II, Marie Louise d’Orléans, F. W. de Klerk, Turgut Özal, and John III of Portugal. After him are Emir Abdelkader, Nabopolassar, Helmut Schmidt, U Thant, Daniel Ortega, and Abu Ubaidah ibn al-Jarrah.

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Among people born in 1909, Kwame Nkrumah ranks 9Before him are Simone Weil, Peter Drucker, Francis Bacon, Andrei Gromyko, Stepan Bandera, and Rita Levi-Montalcini. After him are U Thant, Osamu Dazai, Elia Kazan, Errol Flynn, Li Xiannian, and Benny Goodman. Among people deceased in 1972, Kwame Nkrumah ranks 12Before him are Yasunari Kawabata, J. Edgar Hoover, Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi, Ezra Pound, Maria Goeppert Mayer, and Igor Sikorsky. After him are Franz Halder, Paul Hausser, Paul-Henri Spaak, Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski, Erhard Milch, and Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.

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Among people born in Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah ranks 2 out of 107Before him are Kofi Annan (1938). After him are Marcel Desailly (1968), Abedi Pele (1964), Nana Akufo-Addo (1944), Peter Mensah (1959), Michael Essien (1982), John Kufuor (1938), Peter Turkson (1948), Jerry Rawlings (1947), John Atta Mills (1944), and William Boyd (1952).


Among politicians born in Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah ranks 1After him are Nana Akufo-Addo (1944), John Kufuor (1938), Jerry Rawlings (1947), John Atta Mills (1944), Joseph Arthur Ankrah (1915), Hilla Limann (1934), Ignatius Kutu Acheampong (1931), John Mahama (1958), Fred Akuffo (1937), Edward Akufo-Addo (1906), and Akwasi Afrifa (1936).