How 19-year-old Adisadel boy Afrifa once awarded by Nkrumah overthrew him later

How 19-year-old Adisadel boy Afrifa once awarded by Nkrumah overthrew him later

- Kwame Nkrumah and his presidency was overthrown by a group led by 4 key people including Major A.A. Afrifa

- Afrifa, 11 years earlier, had been awarded for academic excellence by Kwame Nkrumah at Adisadel College

- The iconic historic photo of Nkrumah pleasantly shaking hands with Afrifa has surfaced

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On February 24, 1996, the then president of the Ghana Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah was overthrown in a coup led by Colonel E.K. Kotoka, Major A.A. Afrifa, Lieutenant General (retired) J.A. Ankra, and Police Inspector General J.W.K. Harlley.

According to Ghananmuseum.com, 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.

Interestingly, one of the strong members of the group that took down the presidency of Kwame Nkrumah was Lt-Gen. Akwasi Afrifa who was once awarded by the president at Adisadel College.

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In a photo sighted by YEN.com.gh, Afrifa was only 19 years old when he was being congratulated for academic brilliance by Kwame Nkrumah at Adisadel.

Nobody would have thought that 11 years later, this boy would be part of the tyrant group that would overthrow the government of Nkrumah.

In the historic picture, Afrifa was spotted shaking hands with Nkrumah while both of them were beautifully adorned in Ghana's beloved cloth, Kente.

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In other news, many of Ghana's top celebrities have risen through several hardships in life to become who they are today. Kwame Despite, Kojo Nkansah Lilwin, Asamoah Gyan and Sarkodie are only a handful of them.

A compilation of emotional quotes by 13 different prominent Ghanaians on how they suffered disappointments, harsh realities and nearly gave up on some occasions was sighted by YEN.com.gh on theindependentghana.com

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