2. Case study: Ghana

Ghana was the first African country south of the Sahara to achieve independence from colonial rule. It was thus a watershed movement in twentieth century Africa. And as it appeared a peaceful, democratic and orderly hand over of power, it was also held up as an idealised path to African self-rule.

1. Origins and rise of Ghana's independence movement

The Gold Coast was seen as a stable, model colony by the British. However, by the late 1940s several factors were coming together to promote a strong independence movement; a generation of educated Africans,...

2. Methods used and reasons for success

This page focuses on the significance of tactics, of leadership and of other factors in the success of Ghana's independence movement.

3. Challenges faced in the first 10 years, and responses to the challenges

Much was expected and hoped for from Ghana at independence but like all new countries during the Cold War period, Ghana faced immense challenges.

4. Ghana's independence movement: essay planning

On this page you will find some activities to help you plan out essays for this topic.

Comparative essay planning for Independence Movements

This page gives some suggestions for activities and plans which require students to use two case studies and/or to compare and contrast two case studies; this skill is key for this paper and students...

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