Ghana: A Fateful Moment At the Maginot Hiiton

For Kwame Nkrumah, the big day had finally arrived. After two years of cross-continental lobbying, one year of round-the-clock building, and an embarrassing two-month delay (to finish the building), the Father of Pan-Africanism was ready at last to receive the homage of Africa's other leaders. The third annual conference of the Organization of African Unity had begun.

To accommodate the chiefs of the organization's 36 member nations, Nkrumah had spent nearly $50 million on everything from lettered T shirts ("Long live the O.A.U.!") to his celebrated "Project 600," the conference-headquarters complex itself....

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