A Letter From The Publisher: Aug. 3, 1962

ONE of the most tortured and significant developments of contemporary history is the emergence of Black Africa into modern civilization. Covering this explosion of new countries, new names, new faces and new facts week by week and year by year, TIME has reported the immediate news as it happened and has assessed the development in a wide range of major pieces, including cover stories on Ghana's President Kwame Nkrumah. Guinea's President Sékou Touré, Kenya's Independence Leader Tom Mboya, Nigeria's Prime Minister Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, and Katanga's secessionist President Moise Tshombe....

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