Raphael Armattoe Obituary, Cause Of Death

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Raphael Ernest Grail Armattoe was a Ghanaian scientist and political activist who died on December 22, 1953. He was an advocate for the merger of British and French Togoland and was nominated for the 1948 Nobel Peace Prize.

The New York Post dubbed him “the ‘Irishman’ from West Africa,” and BBC producer Henry Swanzy dubbed him “African Paracelsus.”

Armattoe first encountered Kwame Nkrumah at the 1945 Pan-African Congress in Manchester, which was attended by many future Ghanaian politicians, including Hastings Banda, Jomo Kenyatta, and W. E. B. Du Bois.

Though they both supported colonial independence, Nkrumah was a centrist, whereas Armattoe was a federalist. Instead of Nkrumah’s Convention People’s Party, he joined the Ghana Congress Party.

Armattoe kept in touch with W. E. B. Du Bois, who participated in his research on Testament to Youth.

He belonged to the Ewe ethnic group, and he advocated for the unification of its people, who had been divided by colonial powers into British Togoland, the Gold Coast, and French Togoland; he wanted its people to be united as one Ewe nation-state, and he was active within the Togoland Congress, advocating for Ewe Unification.

Armattoe addressed the United Nations in New York City in 1953 on Togoland and the “Eweland Question,” which Die Welt recognized at the time as one of the most important documents in African history in the twentieth century.

Raphael Armattoe Cause of Death

Armattoe became ill and died at a Hamburg hospital. His wife stated that he claimed to have been poisoned by unknown individuals.

He had supposedly been criticized previously by Kwame Nkrumah supporters for withholding the remedy to a swollen shot unless the government addressed him respectfully, having opted to distance himself from Nkrumah’s Government.

Source: Vimbuzz.com

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