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General News of Monday, 24 February 2020


Flashback: Adisadel boy, Akwasi Afrifa once awarded by Nkrumah overthrows him later

Dr. Kwame Nkrumah Dr. Kwame Nkrumah

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, 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.

In a photo sighted by, 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.