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Late Mugabe Was A Teacher at St Mary's Teacher Training College in Takoradi

Former Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, who ruled Zimbabwe for nearly 40 years before he was ousted in a military takeover in 2017, was a Teacher in Ghana in 1958.

Mugabe died in a clinic in Singapore last week, aged 95. His body arrived on Wednesday, 11th September 2019 on a government-chartered private jet, at Zimbabwe’s main airport, where thousands of supporters had gathered.

In 1958, Mugabe moved to Ghana to work at St Mary's Teacher Training College in Takoradi. [40] He taught at Apowa Secondary School, also at Takoradi, after obtaining his local certification at Achimota College (1958–1960), where he met his first wife, Sally Hayfron.

According to Mugabe, "I went [to Ghana] as an adventurist. I wanted to see what it would be like in an independent African state".

Ghana had been the first African state to gain independence from European colonial powers and under the leadership of Kwame Nkrumah underwent a range of African nationalist reforms; Mugabe reveled in this environment.

In tandem with his teaching, Mugabe attended the Kwame Nkrumah Ideological Institute in Winneba.

Mugabe later claimed that it was in Ghana that he finally embraced Marxism.

He also began a relationship with a Ghanaian woman, Sally Hayfron, who worked at the college and shared his political interests.

Mugabe developed an intense self-discipline, while also becoming a devout Catholic. Mugabe excelled at school, where he was a secretive and solitary child, preferring to read, rather than playing sports or socialising with other children.

Source: Kofi Atakora/

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