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Ghana

1957–1960
Flag coat of arms
Motto
"Freedom and Justice"
Anthem
God Bless Our Homeland Ghana
Capital Accra
Languages English
Akan
Government Constitutional monarchy
Monarch
 -  1957–1960 Elizabeth II
Governor-General
 -  1957 Charles Noble Arden-Clarke
 -  1957–1960 Lord Listowel
Prime Minister
 -  1957–1960 Kwame Nkrumah
Legislature National Assembly
Historical era Cold War
 -  Independence 6 March 1957
 -  Republic 1 July 1960
Currency BWA pound (1957–1958)
Ghanaian pound (from 1958)

Ghana was a Commonwealth realm between 15 August 1957 and 26 January 1960, before it became the Republic of Ghana. It was the first western African country to achieve independence.

When British rule ended in 1957, Ghana was given independence as a Commonwealth realm, which persisted until the promulgation of the 1960 constitution. A referendum was held on 27 April 1960, with 88.47% percent of the Ghanaian people voting in favour of a republic, 11.53% against. The republic was declared on 1 July 1960. During the commonwealth realm phase, the British monarch remained head of state of Ghana, and was represented in Ghana by a governor-general. The following governors-general held office in Ghana during the commonwealth realm period:

  1. Charles Noble Arden-Clarke (6 March – 24 June 1957)
  2. William Francis Hare, 5th Earl of Listowel (24 June 1957 – 1 July 1960)

Kwame Nkrumah held office as prime minister (and head of government). Following the abolition of the monarchy, a Presidential election was held, which Nkrumah won, and subsequently he became the first President of Ghana.

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