Ghana: Jujitsu at the Palace

His High Dedication, Kwame Nkrumah, is often called "The Aweful" by Ghana's rapturous, government-controlled press. To many of his nation's 7,000,000 people, however, The Aweful is just plain awful. Since 1956 Nkrumah has survived four assassination attempts by political foes angered by his dictatorial ways. But though 16 innocent bystanders were killed in the various efforts. Osagyefo (The Redeemer) always escaped unharmed.

In constant fear, Nkrumah never ventures out of Flagstaff House, his official residence in Accra, without a heavy police guard. Wearing bright red tunics and carrying submachine guns and automatic...

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