Guinea: Parlor Games at the Villa Sily

As far as President Sekou Toure is concerned, French-speaking Guinea and English-speaking Ghana have been "one country" ever since he and Kwame Nkrumah swore their eternal togetherness in 1958. When Nkrumah was toppled from power, therefore, it seemed the honorable thing to call for 50,000 Guinea volunteers to march into Ghana and restore "the Redeemer" to his throne. Trouble was that to get there, Sekou's soldiers would have had to march 250 miles through an entirely different country, the Ivory Coast, whose President Félix Houphouet-Boigny called out his own 3,000-man army to repel the "Guinean hordes."

That was a fortnight ago,...

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