Emmanuel Kotoka

Emmanuel Kotoka Emmanuel Kotoka

Ex-Head of State: 1966 - 1969

26 October 1926 - 17 April 1967

Education & Career Pattern

Alakple Roman Catholic School, Angloga Senior School, Trained as a Cathechist

1941: Teacher, Alakple Catholic School

1942: Started training as a Goldsmith

1947: Qualified as a Goldsmith but abandoned craft for Financial reasons

1947(July): Enlisted as a Private in the Infantry, School, Teshie of the Gold Coast Regiment

1948: Promoted Sergeant

1951: Company Sergeant Major

1952: Among West Afiicans selected for course in Eaton Hall, England

1954: Commissioned Lieutenant and seconded to British army on the Rhine

1955: Returned to Gold Coast and made Platoon Commander of Second Gold Coast Regiment of Infantry

1958: Appointed Second-in-Command of Platoon

1959: Platoon Commander with the rank of Captain and later Major

1960: Attended Company Commander's copurse at School of Infantry in Westminster, England

1960: Among Second Battalion of Ghana Army sent to Congo where he commanded D Company of the battalion that guarded the Radio Station in the capital, Leopoldvdle (Kinshasa)

1961: Promoted Major and later Lt.-Colonel

1963: Awarded Ghana Service Order for Exceptional Bravery for Distinguished Service in the Congo.

1965: Kotoka was transferred to Kumasi and befriended Major Akwasi Amankwa Afrifa, Commander of the First Infantry Brigade.

1966(24 February): Plotted and staged coup under code name "Operaflon Cold Chop". There was heavy fighting but Afrifa was able to secure Broadcasting House and Kotoka announced the success of the coup at about 0630 hours on that day. Kotoka promoted Major General, he was member of the ruling National Liberation Council and Commissioner in charge of Health as well as General Officer Commanding the Ghana Armed Force.

1967(17 April): A counter coup, although unsuccessful, led to the killing of Kotoka by Lt. Moses Yeboah after heavy fighting. Ghana International Airport was renamed Kotoka International Airport in his memory.


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