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Acheampong, I. K

LC control no.n 50036876
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Personal name headingAcheampong, I. K.
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Variant(s)Acheampong, Ignatius Kutu
Associated countryGhana
Birth date1931
Death date1979-06
Place of birthTrabuom (Ghana)
Place of deathGhana
AffiliationGhana. Armed Forces National Liberation Council (Ghana)
Kumasi Commercial College Agona-Swedru College of Commerce
Profession or occupationPublic officers Armies--Officers Heads of state
Found inSpeeches and interviews ... 1973-
Fourth year in office of Colonel Ignatius Kutu Acheampong ... 1976?
Dictionary of African Biography, accessed October 16, 2014, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (Acheampong, Ignatius Kutu; foreign military officer, government official (foreign); born 1931 in Trabuom, Ghana; was a stenographer/secretary at the Timber Sawmill in Kumasi, a teacher at Kumasi Commercial College, and the vice principal at Agona-Swedru College of Commerce (1945-1951); enlisted as a private soldier in the British colonial army (1951); was commissioned as an officer in the Ghana army with the rank of second lieutenant (1959); served with the Ghanaian contingent in the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Congo (1960s); served in the administration of the first military regime of Ghana, the National Liberation Council as the chair of the Brong-Ahafo Regional Committee; commander of the First Infantry Brigade (1971-1972); appointed as the commander of the Southern Brigade of the Ghana Army, from where he plotted and executed his coup d'état against the democratically elected government of Dr. Kofi Abrefa Busia (1972); he constituted the National Redemption Council (NRC) government, became its chair and the head of state of Ghana; he suspended the 1969 constitution; he devised a system of nonparty government known as the Union Government (UNIGOV); he used the police to crack down on the student demonstrations and was determined to implement his UNIGOV proposal (1977); secured a referendum victory for his UNIGOV plan but was believed to have manipulated the referendum results (1978); members of his own SMC government and trusted commanders of his army units ousted him from power in a bloodless coup (1979); died June 1979 in Ghana)