considering the hardships, the country went through from that period until accepting democratic rule in the early 1990s. On that fateful day, the first Republic of Ghana was
Most Ghanaians and Africans continue to point accusing fingers at the United States for this unfortunate incident that brought not only the newly born nation to the brink of collapse but also brought the dream of a united Africa into jeopardy.
Ghana was the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to gain independence, and the two superpowers that emerged after the Second World War—the United States and the Soviet Union—and later the People’s Republic of China endeavoured to have positive relations with Ghana to implant their ideologies not only in Ghana but in the African continent at large.
Ghana after independence soon became a Cold War battleground in the propaganda warfare between the East and the West.
To stand aside from the Cold War, the government of Ghana from the first days of independence took a non-aligned stand and promised to establish good relations with all countries of the world, irrespective of the political systems of their governments. Some of the policies and actions are taken later by the Ghanaian government were translated by the United States to mean that Ghana had moved from its entrenched non-aligned stand to the Soviet Bloc.
The perceived defection created a gulf between Ghana and the United States. The tension between the two nations and unrest at home became more.
Credit: Eric Quaidoo
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