Modern Day Ghana
Modern Day Ghana or the Gold Coast as it was formerly known as, gained its independence on March 6 1957. Prior to that date it was a British colony governed by British Governors. Ghana was the first African country to gain its independence from a colonial power and that was a tremendous feat in itself. Kwame Nkrumah became Ghana’s first president in 1957 and ruled for a period of time until he was exiled in a coup d’etat. After that Ghana went through a series of Presidents who all had relatively short terms until JJ Rawlings took over with another coup in 1981. After this Ghana moved forward democratically, keeping the peace in the country. Ghana is one of the only African countries that have managed to avoid a civil war, and that is very impressive. It is often seen as a model for political reform and economic reform in Africa.