Today In History: Kwame Nkrumah Survives Bomb Attack In Kulungugu

Today 1st August marks a very important day in the history of Ghanaian politics.

Exactly 58 Years ago today, Ghana’s first President, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah survived a brutal bomb attack in Kulungugu in the Bawku District while returning from the Upper Volta (Burkina Faso).

58 years ago today, the President of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah had stopped in the village of Kulungugu, in the Bawku District, on his way back from an official meeting with President Maurice Yameogo of the Upper Volta (Burkina Faso) at Tenkudugo.

However, the return the of the nation’s first gentleman was made unpleasant as it was met by a heavy downpour.

This placed massive pressure on the presidential convoy to stop at Kulungugu, a small village on the outskirts of Bawku, to acknowledge school children who had been waiting to catch a glimpse of their president.

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A school child was then seen approaching the president with a bouquet of flowers.

However, it was the sound of a  a timing device getting louder and closer which drew the attention of one presidential bodyguard who quickly came to the rescue of the president by instinctively wrestling the president to the ground, few seconds before the bomb exploded.

Both the president and his military aide de camp experienced non- life-threatening injuries.  The child bearing the bouquet was killed and others were severely injured. Nkrumah was treated by a British doctor at Bawku hospital, who removed shrapnel from his back and side.


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