Ghanaians don’t appreciate my father enough – Jackie Ankrah

Ghanaian broadcast journalist and singer Jackie Ankrah says her father General J. A. Ankrah has not been appreciated enough.

Speaking on Asaase 99.5 Accra’s Between Hours show with Naa Ashorkor, the broadcaster said although her father overthrew Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, he did “so many things”.

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The singer stated that when celebrating and remembering past leaders of the country, Ghanaians should remember her father, former head of state Lieutenant General J A Ankrah as a way of inspiring the new generation to do more for the country.

Jackie Ankrah said: “And just recently he was honored at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College, and when they wrote and spoke about him, I was proud because my father has done so many things that we don’t get told about, because we rewrite history all the time.”

“But I think these are things that we must talk about to encourage one another and encourage the next generation.

“We don’t talk about my father much, which is unfortunate because of the Nkrumah overthrow. My father was the first in many things, but my father was an amazing, remarkable, incredible soldier,” the songwriter added.

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J A Ankrah was the chairman of the National Liberation Council from 1966 to 1969 and was Ghana’s first military head of state. Ankrah also served as chairperson of the Organisation of African Unity from 24 February 1966 to 5 November 1966. He overthrew Kwame Nkrumah alongside other members of the NLC.


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