Joe Appiah: The story of the Ghanaian lawyer whose marriage led to a popular Hollywood movie

Joe Appiah: The story of the Ghanaian lawyer whose marriage led to a popular Hollywood movie

- Details about the marriage of a Ghanaian lawyer, Joe Appiah, to the daughter of a former chancellor of Exchequer, have popped up online

- Appiah married Peggy Cripps and their marriage inspired the 1967 Hollywood comedy-drama movie “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.”

- Information available shows that Appiah is the first Ghanaian to marry from the British Empire`s Upper class.

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In the year 1953, a Ghanaian lawyer, Joe Appiah, reportedly married Peggy Cripps, who was the daughter of Sir Stafford Cripps, a former chancellor of Exchequer.

Information available shows that their marriage inspired the 1967 Hollywood comedy-drama movie “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.”

Per a report by ghanaianmuseum.com, Appiah was the first Ghanaian to marry from the British Empire`s Upper class.

Joe Appiah: The story of the Ghanaian lawyer whose marriage led to a popular Hollywood movie

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He was born Joseph Emmanuel Appiah on November 16, 1918, in Kumasi in the Ashanti region, and used the shorter version of his name, Joe, to identify himself as the author of several books.

In the year 1951, he met Lady Peggy Cripps at a student dance at the time she was working for an organisation called Racial Unity.

YEN.com.gh understands that the news of Appiah’s marriage to Cripps was considered outrageous as it was unheard of that an African will dare to marry a white lady from the British upper-class family.

It was also reported that Ghana’s first president, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, was expected to be Appiah’s best man but the role was taken up by George Padmore, the Pan-Africanist.

The love affair reportedly set the tone for the 1967 Hollywood comedy-drama movie “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.”

In other news, a 19-year-old Ghanaian, Mustapha Diayol Haqq, has reportedly been recognized for developing an app that detects diseases.

Information available shows that the app is also capable of providing solutions or remedies to the diseases detected.

For his effort, he was given a cash prize of $600,000 or GHc3,348,049.20 to continue with his project.

Per a report by Ghana The Black Star of Africa, it has been concluded that his project would be of great benefit to farmers.

YEN.com.gh understands that Haqq is a self-taught coder who has previously developed a model for diagnosing breast cancer. Ghanaians have meanwhile reacted to the news of Haqq winning the cash prize.

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