The Republic of Ghana as we live in peace today has been the handy work of some prominent leaders who sacrificed themselves and everything they had to help build the country and keep things going.
Ghana’s first President Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah deserves an honorable mention as he led the fight for the country’s independence and made its declaration on March 7, 1957.
After Ghana gained independence, Lt General Joseph Arthur Ankrah became the country’s first military official. He was also the first African camp commandant at Army Headquarters, the first African officer of the Ghana Army, and the first African soldier to command an all-African company in a former British colony.
Following the overthrow of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Lt. General Joseph Ankrah was made Governor of Ghana.
Lt General Joseph Ankrah was Ghana’s first military president, serving from February 24, 1966, to April 2, 1969, before being deposed.
Ankrah was born on 18 August 1915 in Accra to the Ga family of Samuel Paul Cofie Ankrah, an overseer for the Christian Missionary Society, and Beatrice Abashie Quaynor, a trader.
Lt General Joseph Ankrah is well known by historians not only by his military works and skills but also his personal life. He is known to have married 8 women during his era. It’s of no doubt he enjoyed life in his prime as the leader of the country. The 8 wives of Lt General Joseph Ankrah gave him 18 children according to historians which really marvels a lot of people.