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GhanaGhana, CIA, coup, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Africa, emancipation, unification, Nkrumah, corruption, economic decline

On March 6 1957 Ghana became the first sub-Saharan country to gain its independence from the British. On December 1957 the CIA made a report on Ghana it said "The fortunes of Ghana - the first Tropical African country to gain independence - will have a huge impact on the evolution of Africa and Western interests then ". within 10 years 31 other African nations gained their independence. At the time of the coup Ghana had 68 state owned factories that made shoes, to textiles, furniture, loryr tyres, canned fruits, vegetables beef, glass, radio and TV, books, and steel. These companies made virtually everything (1 ).

Ghana first president Dr. Kwame Nkrumah had a vision of complete emancipation and unification of Africa. This set him on a collision course with mostly moderate African leaders. The CIA under President Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-1968) plotted to over throw Nkrumah. The main reason was the Socialist leanings of his government and his anti western radicalism. The coup happened on February 24th 1966 (2 ).

The Nkrumah administration had human rights abuses. The Nkrumah administration saw corruption and economic decline to the country of Ghana. A coupe that ousted him brought a series of military leaders. Under these leaders the human rights abuses still occurred (3 ).

During the time of military leaders human rights abuses included alleged killings, abductions, disappearances, detentions, torture, ill-treatment and seizure of properties (4 ).

Ghana, CIA, coup, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Africa, emancipation, unification, Nkrumah, corruption, economic decline