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Nkrumah's marriage that sent the West into a panic

On 30th December 1957, shortly after Ghana achieved its independence from Britain, the country's then prime minister, Kwame Nkrumah married a beautiful young Egyptian woman, Miss Fatima Halen Rizk. At the time, Fatima was a 26-year-old university student, studying Arabic in Cairo. The wedding came as surprise to almost everyone, Ghanaians and international observers alike, and was the cause of much suspicion amongst the British and American authorities.

The US State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) were rumored to be primarily concerned with whether the marriage was intended to create a political union between Egypt and Ghana.

British officials sought to alleviate American fears by highlighting the fact that Fatima did not come from a political family in Egypt and that her inability to speak English would make it quite difficult for her to use as an instrument for "the promotion of Egyptian views."


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