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Today in History, Dr. Joseph Boakye Danquah (J. B Danquah) died at Nsawam Prison exactly 55 years ago, on February 4, 1965, after being detained without trial by the Convention People’s Party (CPP) government led by Ghana’s first President, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

Today in History, exactly 55 years ago, on February 4, 1965, Dr. Joseph Boakye Danquah (J. B Danquah) died at Nsawam Prison after being detained without trial by the Convention People’s Party (CPP) government led by Ghana’s first President, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
The Big Six” from left to right Dr. Nkrumah, Obestsebi-Lamptey, Dr Ako-Adjei, Edward Akuffo Addo, J.B Danquah, William Ofori Atta. Founding Fathers of Ghana.

J . B. Danquah was first arrested and detained under the Preventive Detention Act (PDA) on October 3, 1961 and released on June 22, 1962.

Again, Dr. Joseph Boakye Danquah was re-arrested and detained on 8th January 1964, for

allegedly being implicated in a plot against the President, Dr Kwame Nkrumah.

His arrest came against the backdrop of his alleged participation in Police Constable Seth

Ametewee’s failed assassination attempt on Kwame Nkrumah on January 2, 1964 which got

the Body guard of Nkrumah, Salifu Dagarti Killed.

Today in History, exactly 55 years ago, on February 4, 1965, Dr. Joseph Boakye Danquah (J. B Danquah) died at Nsawam Prison after being detained without trial by the Convention People’s Party (CPP) government led by Ghana’s first President, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
JB Danquah as he lay dead in his cell at the Nsawam Prisons

On February 4, 1965, Dr. Joseph Boakye Danquah (J . B Danquah) suffered a heart attack

and died in a condemned cell at the Nsawam Prison at age 69.

According to extracts from the report of the Commission of Enquiry into Ghana Prisons, 1967-1968,

“The life of Dr. J.B Danquah in the cells was regimented in the same manner as that of a

condemned prisoner awaiting execution … his cell was subjected to frequent rigid searches,

he was chained and made to sleep on the bare floor.”

Today in History, exactly 55 years ago, on February 4, 1965, Dr. Joseph Boakye Danquah (J. B Danquah) died at Nsawam Prison after being detained without trial by the Convention People’s Party (CPP) government led by Ghana’s first President, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
Aothwer shot of Dr. Danquah at the Supreme Coart, Accra

Background and Life

Dr. Joseph Boakye Danquah (better known as J.B. Danquah) was born on December 21, 1895 at Bepong-Kwahu.

Educated in law and philosophy in London, J. B Danquah established a private law practice

after his return to the British Gold Coast (now Ghana) in 1927.

He founded a newspaper, the Times of West Africa, in 1931 and served as secretary-general of the Gold Coast Youth Conference (1937–47).

Today in History, exactly 55 years ago, on February 4, 1965, Dr. Joseph Boakye Danquah (J. B Danquah) died at Nsawam Prison after being detained without trial by the Convention People’s Party (CPP) government led by Ghana’s first President, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
Dr Joseph Boakye Danquah

During his political career, J. B Danquah was one of the primary opposition leaders to

Ghanaian president and independence leader Kwame Nkrumah.

In 1960 J.B. Danquah was nominated as the United Party’s presidential candidate to contest

the April 1960 elections against Nkrumah but lost the election.

United Party’s Dr. Joseph Boakye Danquah won only 11 percent of the vote and CPP’s

Kwame Nkrumah became president with 89 percent of the vote.

 

 

 

1 COMMENT

  1. The Doyen of Ghana politics,was brutally and wickedly imprisoned without trial but received prejudiced sentence. I received the greatest shock of my life. I happened to receive a warm handshake from him when in 1954,l returned from school to see him chatting with my grandfather . He encouraged me to study harder.He even prayed for me. I,have never forgotten this day in my life. A brainy citizen chained in a cell.Was he so dangerous?. God has already judged his adversaries. Thanks

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