"The Strange Case of Major Awhaitey": Conspiracy, Testimonial Evidence, and Narratives of Nation in Ghana's Postcolonial Democracy

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Ahlman, Jeffrey S
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African Studies Centre, Boston University
Date published: 
2017
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The International Journal of African Historical Studies
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The International Journal of African Historical Studies, Vol. 50, No. 2, 2017, pp. 225-249
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The article discusses the case of Ghanaian army major Benjamin Awhaitey, who was imprisoned for conspiring to assassinate Prime Minister Kwame Nkrumah and overthrow the Convention People's Party government in 1958 plotted by Parliament Members Reginald Reynolds Amponsah and Modesto Apaloo. It looks at testimonial record of the event and the investigation of the Commission Enquiry. It argues that the case offers insight on the tensions and contradictions of democracy and state-building.

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CITATION: Ahlman, Jeffrey S. "The Strange Case of Major Awhaitey": Conspiracy, Testimonial Evidence, and Narratives of Nation in Ghana's Postcolonial Democracy . : African Studies Centre, Boston University , 2017. The International Journal of African Historical Studies, Vol. 50, No. 2, 2017, pp. 225-249 - Available at: http://library.africa-union.org/strange-case-major-awhaitey-conspiracy-testimonial-evidence-and-narratives-nation-ghanas

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