Guinea: Fierce Patriot

Sékou Touré: 1922-1984

When Guinea was preparing for independence from France in 1958, President Charles de Gaulle proposed that it join in a Franco-African community that was to maintain political and economic ties to France. The leaders of all twelve other former French colonies in Africa decided to participate, but not intense, eloquent Ahmed Sékou Touré. Said he to De Gaulle: "We prefer poverty in liberty to riches in slavery."

That single act, Touré would often say over the next quarter-century, was the proudest moment of his life. It also represented a high point for both Guinea and Touré, a son...

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