Nkrumah Kept My Father In Condemned Cell For 6 Years — Dr. Afriyie Akoto Exposed

Minister of Agriculture Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto has shared a chilling story of how his father, Baffour Osei Akoto was put in a condemned cell for close to six (6) years by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana first President.

According to Dr. Akoto, his father was thrown into condemned cell 11 of the Nsawam Medium Security Prisons in the mid-fifties over his role in standing up for the rights of cocoa farmers and advocating for multi-party democracy.

He made the comments while delivering a keynote address at the launch of this year’s Baffour Akoto Moot Court Competition held at the Ghana School of Law.

Every year, the Students Representative Council (SRC) of the Ghana School of Law organizes this competition as part of the week-long celebration to honour the memory and sacrifices made by Baffour Osei Akoto.

Speaking at the launch, Dr. Afriyie Akoto narrated that his father led cocoa farmers in the struggle to obtain a decent producer price to better the lives of cocoa farmers at the time.

According to him, this happened at a time when Baffour Akoto Osei had formed a political party, the National Liberation Movement (NLM) in September 1954 to oppose a virtual one-party system which was then emerging under Kwame Nkrumah and the Convention People’s Party (CPP).

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