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Two African State First Presidents That Attended The Same School, One Became A Dictator

Established in 1924 as the of Wales College and School in Ghana by the colonial government and iconic clerics, the school went on to produce students that became the first presidents of their countries respectively. The name has since changed to Achimota School.

This is the school the first President of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah attended. He trained as a teacher with the influence of the Catholic cleric, Alec Garden Fraser, who also the Principal of the school. It’s in this school that he got a mentor in the Deputy Headteacher who exposed him to the ideas of Marcus Garvey and W. E. B Du Bois teaching him that should be close cooperation between the races in governing the Gold Coast (now Ghana).

The idea would stick on his mind that even after graduating as a teacher in 1930, he began fighting for the independence of the Gold Coast. He was later given a teaching job at a certain Roman Catholic primary school in 1931. He left the school after one year and was appointed the Headmaster of Axim. This is when he started involving himself in active politics.

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The second student is the first President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe who before venturing into active politics was a teacher. He attended Katuma College and the University of Fort Hare becoming a qualified teacher earning him jobs in his native Zimbabwe and Zambia (Nothern and Southern Rhodesia).

Boasting an excellent CV, Mugabe got another job outside the in Ghana. This is when he attended the Prince of Wales College and School in Gold Coast as a student-teacher to allow him to work in the newly independent country.

Mugabe would then leave his job as a teacher and return to his homeland when he was angered by the minority white rule. He joined other black nationalists pushing for a majority black rule, which led to his imprisonment between 1964 and 1974.

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