A young girl caught in a bomb meant for Kwame Nkrumah tells her story (Video)

The 57th anniversary of the tragic Kulungugu explosion is approaching, and Elizabeth Asantewaa, the young girl who carried the bomb-filled bouquet intended for Kwame Nkrumah, is now a disabled lady with a heartbreaking narrative to tell. 

On his route back to Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah had stopped in the Bawku district of the Upper East region on August 1, 1962. In order to meet with his counterpart, Maurice Yameogo, the independence leader traveled to Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso). It was not uncommon for the president to go by car in those days, despite the poor road network. 

Granted, not much has changed in the last 60 years. Although it is normal for presidents to be received with delight throughout their country, Nkrumah had a level of popularity that no other post-colonial leader has achieved. That's where Asantewaa and her flower bouquet come in. 

What I just witnessed was an explosion that lifted me up and lowered me to the earth. It was a huge success. Celebritiesbuzz.com.gh quotes Asantewaa as saying, "All I saw was my leg burning." She was 13 years old at the time, and she was the lucky little girl chosen to greet Africa's most renowned man. 

She would have related the story of how she almost offered Kwame Nkrumah flowers if she hadn't given the bouquet and the day had gone smoothly. Nkrumah was definitely the target of the bomb. 

What occurred to the 13-year-old was unintended consequences. Asantewaa continued to speak about Nkrumah: "He promised to assist me because I was merely a victim of his attack. 

He paid for my treatment in London, but following his death, I've had little help from successive governments." 

Unfortunately, Asantewaa, who is now 69 years old, has had to have his leg amputated. She walks with crutches and claims that her condition is not improving owing to a lack of medical attention. 


Following the bombing, Nkrumah publicly blamed Tawia Adamafio, his Minister of Information, Broadcasting, and Presidential Affairs, for the plot. Many believed it was the work of the United Party (UP), then Nkrumah's biggest opponent and forerunners of today's New Patriotic Party (NPP). 

Ghana's first president had options for confronting anybody he suspected was attempting to kill him. Those with the means to obtain justice are never far away. The story is different for those like Asantewaa who lack the means to be heard and noticed. They fade into the background of history.


Source: Yen.com.gh

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