Private Secretary (Female)/Gold Coast

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Private Secretary (Female)/Gold Coast

By Erica Powell
St. Martin's, 1984
228 pp. $19.95

Kwame Nkrumah's British secretary for ten years (from his early days as Ghanaian Prime Minister until his fall) tells only a modest amount here, focusing on her boss's difficult but admirable personality and a series of splendiferous state visits-to Balmoral as well as all the chief nonaligned capitals of the late 1950s-early 1960s. She eschews politics entirely (probably one of her chief virtues for the compulsively political Nkrumah) until the end when recurrent assassination attempts and party infighting broke through to her very desk. The Nkrumah who emerges from this loyal portrait is totally committed to Ghana, garrulously pedagogical, erratic, isolated, kind-hearted.

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