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Gold Coast (Ghana) greets Kwame Nkrumah 1951

Description of film

In this film Gold Coast independence leader Kwame Nkrumah is freed from prison after winning victory in the country's elections in 1951. A huge crowd welcomes him with much shouting and cheering. He then parades through the packed streets in an open top car.


Dr Kwame Nkrumah was the leading figure in the campaign to get independence for the Gold Coast from the British empire in the 1950s. He led the Convention People's Party. The party wanted independence for the Gold Coast and wanted the African peoples of West Africa to work together closely. Nkrumah was born in the Gold Coast but developed a successful career in American universities. In the 1940s he began to campaign for independence for his home country. This campaign lasted well into the 1950s.

Interesting or important points about the film

There is little doubt from the film that Nkrumah was a popular leader and that he was the popular choice of the people in the election. It would interesting to hear a commentary from a local perspective.

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Further information
CategoryPost-war to Present Day
Sub categoryBritish Empire and Commonwealth
FilmGold Coast (Ghana) greets Kwame Nkrumah 1951
SourceITN Source/British Pathe
ProducerBritish Pathe
DateFebruary 22nd 1951