AFRICA: Death of a Deity

Contradictions hung from him like the charms that once dangled from the arms of his chair to ward off evil spirits. From his birth in a mud hut, Kwame Nkrumah rose to become President of Ghana, an absolute ruler who was thought to be immortal by many of his subjects. But even at the height of his power, he lived in fear of his life, behind heavily guarded walls—calling himself Osagyefo (Redeemer). From 1966 until he died last week of cancer at age 62, in a Bucharest sanitarium where he had gone for...

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