Nixon: Our Man In Africa

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A retired Ghanaian Army man is making an outsider run for President, and one of the barriers he must overcome is his name: Richard Nixon Tetteh.

Nixon had a history in West Africa.

Ghana’s independence celebration attracted political personalities from throughout Africa and the world as the first country freed from colonial rule. Eisenhower dispatched the Vice President to carry the flag amidst the Marxists and Pan-Africanists. At the celebratory ball Nixon legendarily slapped a man on the back, asking “How does it feel to be free?” The man replied “I wouldn’t know, I’m from Alabama.”

In one version, Nixon’s encounter was with Martin Luther King, who was in Ghana for the celebration.

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