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Danquah, Joseph Boakye

Born: 1895 AD
Died: 1965 AD
Nationality: Ghanaian
Categories: Editors, Nationalist, Politician

1895 – Joseph Kwame Kyeretwi Boakye Danquah was born in December in Ghanaian town.


Entered the University of London directly from junior high school and was educated in law and philosophy.


1927 – He set up a private law practice when he returned to Ghana.


1930-1935 – He founded a newspaper, the Times of West Africa; Danquah’s newspaper was the first daily newspaper in Ghana.


1934-1937 – Secretary-general of the Gold Coast Youth Conference.


1946 – Danquah became a member of the Legislative Council.


1947 – Appointed as chief organizer of the UGCC and transformed it from a grassroots movement into a political party.


1948 – Arrested together with Kwame Nkrumah, Obetsebi Lamptey, Ako Adjei, Edward Akufo-Addo and William Ofori Atta, who collectively became national heroes known as the "Big Six."


1951 – Elected to the Legislative Assembly and was promoted the formation of a bicameral parliament for the Gold Coast.


1954 – He failed in his subsequent election bids.


1960 – Ran for the Presidency against Nkrumah, but garnered only 10% of the vote.


1961 – He was imprisoned under the Preventive Detention Act.


On his release, he was elected President of the Ghana Bar Association.


1964 – He was imprisoned again.


1965 – J.B. Danquah died in prison, on 4th of February.