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17.02.2007 General News

Ghana Embassy Supportive Of Fathia

By R. Harry Reynolds

A friend of the family of the first President of Ghana, Osagyefo, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, has reacted to the Times story of yesterday on the health of Madam Fathia Nkrumah, the widow, who now lives in her native Egypt.

Mr. Addai Sebo, a development consultant in the UK, said in an email to the Times: 'I am in touch with Osagyefo’s family in Cairo and therefore have been aware of the ill-health of Madam Fathia Nkrumah. To the best of my knowledge, the Ghana Embassy in Cairo continues to be supportive.'

Yesterday, the Times reported that Mrs Nkrumah will not be able to attend the Golden Jubilee because she had suffered a stroke.

Her immediate condition was not known, except that she was receiving treatment at an intensive care unit of a hospital, Sekou Nkumah, her son told the Times, Accra on Wednesday night.

Sekou, said that news of his mother’s condition was relayed to him earlier in the day by his elder brother, Professor Francis Nkrumah.

Sekou said his other brother, Gamel and sister, Samia, were with their mother. However he could not immediately confirm whether Ghana’s embassy in Cairo was in the picture about their mother’s situation.

Madam Fathia, 72, has been living in Cairo since 1986. She visited Ghana during the 40th Independence anniversary in 1997 with Gamel.