Africa: On the Beach

As much as any African leader, Kwame Nkrumah relished the plush life that power can buy. The self-styled redeemer of Ghana nearly bankrupted his country by building palatial hotels, modernistic palaces and a cozy hideaway for his favorite mistress. Even after he was overthrown last February, it seemed likely that Nkrumah would continue to wield power and enjoy life as few exiles ever had. Guinea's President Sekou Touré gave Nkrumah a hero's welcome and startled the world by proclaiming that the visitor was coPresident. Said Touré: "Nkrumah belongs to all Africa, not...

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