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African President Who Married A Woman 23 years Older Than Him, Here is Why

Prior to Nelson Mandela, the BBC named Kwame Nkuruma the "African of the Millennium" in 2000. Do not forget that Nkrumah passed away 30 years ago. Despite being 48 years old, the Ghanaian president only got married "for the presidency" because he had always preferred to remain single. On October 30, 1957, five months after Ghana became the first African nation to achieve independence, he asked Gamal Abdel Nasser, to bring him a bride. Fadhia Rizk was only introduced to him for the first time at their wedding.

Ghanaian women sobbed when they heard about the secret wedding on the radio. Fadhia was a French and Arabic speaker who was 23 years older than him. According to Martin Meredith's scholarly 2011 book The Condition of Africa: A History of the Continent Since Independence, Nkrumah never talked nor wrote.

His publishers noted that he was "married with three children" on the book jacket of his neocolonialist work. Nkrumah, though, demanded that the line be removed. Nkrumah also received this curt response when Shirley Du Bois, Ghana's director of television, asked to film him and his family: "My position — and this may jolt you a little, Shirley — is that marriage does not exist in nature and does not justify the emphasis that has come to be attached to it.

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