Madam Emma Florence Yaa Adinyira Amedahe

Former lady-in-waiting to Fathia Nkrumah, Madam Emma Florence Yaa Adinyira Amedahe has refuted the perception that the late Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah was a dictator.

Speaking to Benjamin Akakpo on the AM Show Monday, Madam Florence indicated that she was introduced to the first Family by Governor-General of Gold Coast, Lord Listowel when he was leaving the country.

She testifies about Nkrumah as someone who is down to earth and easy to work with.

“As for me, I never saw Nkrumah as a dictator, maybe outside, he looked like one but we that he was working with, he loved us, he never spoke English with us. He was always speaking Fante to us. And he loved laughing and playing. So I know him as someone who plays, he is not a dictator as people see him,” she stated.

According to her, Lord Listowel introduced her as a smart, humble and hardworking young lady .

This made the Nkrumah family pleased to take her as a daughter and live with her, she said.

Touching on her experience with the organizers of the 1966 coup, led by General Emmanuel Kwasi Kotoka, Madam Amedahe revealed chilling events that took place after Dr Kwame Nkrumah was overthrown. .

“The Coup cut short so many things, so the one who made the coup, General Kotoka, I don’t like to hear his name at all. Some of us suffered in that Coup. For instance, I was the only woman who stayed with the men in the Statehouse. I was slim by then, I looked like a little girl, and not how I am looking today.

“So when the soldiers drove to the Statehouse, they went to every room and brought all the workers and left their wives. I was the only woman worker. They beat me and the men workers mercilessly and kicked me too. Even when they slap me and I fell down they kicked me as if I were a football.

“They stamped my back, my waist and my lower abdomen. Ah! I suffered,” she exclaimed.

“One of the soldiers lit a cigarette with his lighter and then used the burning end to burn me. I was shouting, he slapped me again and told me not to shout. I really suffered.