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06/08/2018

Samia Nkrumah, is a Ghanaian politician and the chairperson of the Convention People’s Party. She was the first woman to head a major political party in Ghana. Daughter of Ghana’s founding father, Kwame Nkrumah, she is a strong defender of Pan-Africanism. Samia Nkrumah is one of the founding members of the Africa Must Unite movement, which aims to promote her father’s vision. She created and is president of the Kwame Nkrumah Pan-African Cultural Centre, dedicated to global African culture and history. As a child, Samia Nkrumah was forced to leave Ghana following the military coup in 1966 that overthrew her father. She then lived for many years in Egypt, her mother’s home country, before pursuing her studies in London. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in Arabic studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London where she also completed a master’s degree. Before starting her political career in Ghana, she worked as a journalist with the Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram.