Erica Powell, Nkrumah's private secretary dies
Monday, July 16, 2007
Sierra Leone, died last month at the age of 86. She died at on June 5, 2007. She was made an in 1958 and in 1960.OBE, who was the Private Secretary to , and later to , President of
Erica was born on March 15, 1921 at Sussex England into a middle class family. She trained as a secretary and then as a teacher. She worked with during World War II. She was the top candidate in the 1940 Shorthand and Typewriting exams.in
In February 1952, the Crown Agents for the Colonies offered her the position of "Private Secretary (Female)/Ghana's independence from the United Kingdom. Her closeness to Nkrumah led to her being dismissed in 1954 and being sent back to the UK." which later became the title of her autobiography. She ended up working as the Private Secretary to the , . While working for the Governor, she became a close friend and confidant of Kwame Nkrumah, then bidding for
Powell returned in January 1955 to work for Kwame Nkrumah, a position she held till 1965, a year before his overthrow. Her close relationship and loyalty to Nkrumah bred a lot of rumours both in Ghana and the UK. It also brought a lot of resentment from various quarters. She kept in contact with Nkrumah while he was in exile in Guinea until his death in April, 1972.
She later worked for Siaka Stevens as his private secretary from 1970 to 1979. She attended Nkrumah's funeral in 1972 as part of the official Sierra Leone delegation.
- Alex Duval Smith. Erica Powell - Secretary to Kwame Nkrumah <broken link> — , July 16, 2007
- "Erica Powell" — , June 29, 2007
- Erica Powell <broken link> — , June 23, 2007