GHANA: Where the Power Lies

His own people called him "the show boy, our leader, the man of destiny," and the British saw in Kwame Nkrumah, educated at Pennsylvania's Lincoln University, the man most likely to succeed in turning his newly independent Gold Coast nation of six main tribes, three religions and 65 dialects into a smoothly running parliamentary democracy. In the 15 months since Ghana won its freedom, Prime Minister Nkrumah has brought his people stability, but in the process liberty has received a few side blows.

A somewhat vain man who suffered a $120,000 statue of himself to...