Today in History, On February 21, 1966, Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah left Ghana for Hanoi, the Democratic Republic of North Vietnam, at the invitation of President Ho Chi Minh to resolve the Vietnam War.
Ghana was left under the control of a three-man Presidential Commission.
On his entourage were his foreign affairs minister, Alex Quason Sackey, his Trade and
Industry Minister Ambassador Kwesi Armah and among others.
Consequently, the CIA-backed coup in Ghana was carried out at the dawn of February 24, 1966, while Nkrumah was still on a peace mission in Asia.
Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was told by the Chinese Ambassador over there that he has been overthrown.
Kwame Nkrumah could not believe it that he has been overthrown.
And the beginning of the biggest setback in Ghana’s fortunes, and in continental integration.