When it comes to the history of Ghana, apart from Nkrumah, rarely does anyone else gets so much praise like Gordon Guggisberg. He is so popular that we often say "The Guggisberg economy" to refer to the colonial economy we inherited from the British.
Born on 20 July 1869 as Frederick Gordon Guggisberg, he was employed by the Colonial Office in September 1902 on a special survey of the Gold Coast Colony and Ashanti. In 1919, however, he was appointed Governor of the Gold Coast.
As a governor, he undertook series of developmental works like the extension of railways, Takoradi harbour, the construction of Accra's Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, the finest and most modern institution of its kind in colonial Africa at the time. He was instrumental in the building of Achimota School.
Even after he had left Gold Coast and died, he still remains the most respected British Governor Ghana or Gold Coast ever had. Rarely do history books speak badly of him.
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