Kwame Nkrumah University, Zambia: Meet the school named after Ghana's 1st president

Kwame Nkrumah University, Zambia: Meet the school named after Ghana's 1st president

- Ghana's first president, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, had a university named after him in the Central African country, Zambia

- Established in 1967 as the Kabwe Teachers Training College, the name was later changed by the Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda to honour Nkrumah

- The name was changed around the same timeframe that Dr Kwame Nkrumah died in Bucharest, Romania

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Kwame Nkrumah University, Zambia, is an educational institution in the Central African country that was named after the first president and founding leader of Ghana.

Reports gathered by YEN.com.gh about the university indicate that it was first opened in 1967 and was initially called Kabwe Teachers Training College.

At the time, the institution was popularly known to be a major training hub for teachers who go on to tutor students at the secondary level of their education.

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Kwame Nkrumah University, Zambia: Meet the school named after Ghana's 1st president
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However, just a few years after its inception, the training college's name was transmogrified by Kenneth Kaunda, who was the president of Zambia at the time.

This happened around the same timeframe that Dr Kwame Nkrumah died in Bucharest, Romania at the age of 62, after his government was overthrown

During the period when Levy Mwanawasa was president (2002 to 2008), the college began transforming into a university, a process that concluded while Michael Sata was in office (2011 to 2014).

Away from that, professor Marian Asantewah Nkansah of the Department of Chemistry, KNUST, has been named among five winners of the 2021 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Award for Women Scientists in the Developing World.

This was confirmed in a post sighted by YEN.com.gh on the official Twitter handle of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

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The OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World recognises the achievements of researchers who have made significant contributions to the advancement of scientific knowledge.

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