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Ahmed Sekou Toure
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World Leader
    (January 9, 1922-March 26, 1984)
    Born in Faranah, Guinea
    Susu and Mandinka ethnicity
    Attended a technical school in Conakry (1936-1937)
    General Secretary of Postal Workers Union (1945)
    Leader of Guinean Democratic Party (1952)
    Mayor of Conakry (1955)
    Organized the Union Générale des Travailleurs d'Afrique Noir (1956)
    Vice President of the Executive Council of Guinea (1957)
    President of Guinea (October 2, 1958-March 26, 1984)
    Died in Cleveland, Ohio, United States while undergoing a cardiac surgery
    He was known as the ‘Father of Coups’.
    He ran Guinea as a one-party state since 1960.
    He was an ardent Marxist who nationalized the economy.
    His presidency witnessed massive economic ruin in Guinea due to his socialist policies.
    He killed his opponents by feeding them with ‘black diet’, which basically means virtual denial of both food and water.
    As a result of his repressive rule, about 50,000 people died in concentration camps such as Camp Boiro.
    His relations with France and neighboring African countries (except for Ghana and Mali) were tense until 1978.
    Most Guineans didn’t believe the news of his death because they thought that he was a deity.
    Unlike other African dictators of his time, he was a civilian instead of a military personnel.
    His great-grandfather, Samory, resisted Fench rule in Guinea.
    He is viewed as an anti-colonialist and advocate of independence.
    When he declared Guinea independent, France deliberately called the country’s professionals to leave the country, which impoverished Guinea in the long run.
    He neutralized the military during his reign.
    He won the Lenin Peace Prize (1961).
    He called John F. Kennedy his ‘only true friend in the outside world’.
    He gave asylum to Ghanian President Kwame Nkrumah after he was deposed in a coup (1966).
    He eventually renounced Marxism and reconciled with France (1978).

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