GHANA: A Week-Old Baby

Those shrewd, buxom pillars of Ghanaian commerce, the market mammies, turned out by the thousands last week to celebrate the sudden, bloodless coup that had deposed the civilian government of Prime Minister Kofi Busia. Their faces powdered white with talcum and wood ash, the women carried placards supporting the military junta headed by Colonel Ignatius Acheampong and urging the execution of his enemies. One angry sign read CRUCIFY AFRICA, referring to General Akwasi Afrifa, a hero of the 1966 coup against Kwame Nkrumah who is now in prison, accused by the new government of trying to assassinate Acheampong and...

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