Facts: Why Dr Kwame Nkrumah Was On The Currency Of Guinea

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Photo of Ghana's First President Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah
Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah

Dr Kwame Nkrumah who fought for the independence of Ghana was a very close friend of Guinea President, Seim Toure to the extent that when he was overthrown in 1966, he went into exile in Guinea.


The syli was the currency of Guinea between 1971 and 1985. The word syli means ‘elephant’.

The Ghanaian liberator fought hard for countries to win their independence and for a United States of Africa. His good friend, the then Guinean president Seim Toure, chose to honour him even after his death.

Toure had the Bank of the Republic of Guinea emboss Dr Nkrumah’s iconic picture on the country’s five sylis.

Nkrumah’s face was placed not only on the five sylis banknotes but also on the five sylis coin.

Nkrumah never returned to Ghana until his death while in exile in Guinea.

He was first buried in Conakry-Guinea in May 1972 but former president Jerry John Rawlings in 1992 shipped Nkrumah’s body to Ghana where he was finally laid to rest at his hometown Nkroful.

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