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Guinea's President Who Stood Up to France | Ahmed Sékou Touré

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On 2 October 1958, Guinea became the first of France’s colonial territories in Sub-Saharan Africa to declare its independence in an act of defiance against its former colonial master.

Ahmed Sekou Toure, known as a charismatic and radical figure in Africa's post-colonial history, was the leader of the country at the time and he was driving this rebellion by the former French Colony.

However, Guinea and Sekou Toure, achieved this status of independence against the wishes of its former colonial master, France, and afterwards the nation faced an onslaught of administrative and diplomatic assault by the French which seemed to have been designed to drive the country to its knees.

The french colonial elite in Paris got so furious with Sekou Toure’s defiance, such that in an act of fury the french administration in Guinea destroyed everything in the country which represented what they called the benefits from french colonization.

After this whole fiasco, Toure would go on to rule the country of Guinea for 26 years, and his time in power and legacy divided opinions.

In this episode of African Biographics, we look at the life and legacy of Ahmed Sekou Toure, Guinea’s first president who stood up to the French, and his time in power as the leader of that country.

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Sources:

The State of Africa Since Independence by Martin Meredith (2011)

THE CHALLENGE OF GUINEAN INDEPENDENCE, 1958-1971 by Mairi Stewart MacDonald (2009)

FIGHTING TALK: THE INDEPENDENT STATES OF AFRICA ,November 1961

The historical basis of French actions in Africa

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Sekou-Toure

https://www.encyclopedia.com/p....eople/history/french

https://www.tandfonline.com/do....i/full/10.1080/14682

https://face2faceafrica.com/ar....ticle/the-speech-by-

https://www.nytimes.com/1984/0....3/28/obituaries/ahme

https://www.google.com/amp/s/w....ww.africanexponent.c

https://www.google.com/amp/s/w....ww.theafricareport.c

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Music:

Lamentation Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Heartbreaking Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Kumasi Groove by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Source: http://incompetech.com/music/r....oyalty-free/index.ht
Artist: http://incompetech.com/

Desert City by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100564
Artist: http://incompetech.com/


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