Dominion of Ghana

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Motto: "Freedom and Justice"
Ghana (orthographic projection).svg
Common languages English
Government Constitutional monarchy
Elizabeth II
Charles Noble Arden-Clarke
Lord Listowel
Prime Minister  
Kwame Nkrumah
Legislature National Assembly
Historical era Cold War
6 March 1957
1 July 1960
Currency BWA pound (1957–1958)
Ghanaian pound (1958–1965)
ISO 3166 code GH
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Flag of the Gold Coast (1877-1957).svg Gold Coast (British colony)
Ghana Flag of Ghana.svg

Ghana was a dominion within the Commonwealth of Nations between 6 March 1957 and 1 July 1960, before it became the Republic of Ghana. It was the first western African country to achieve independence.

British rule ended in 1957, when the Ghana Independence Act 1957 transformed the British Crown Colony of the Gold Coast into the independent dominion of Ghana. [1] [2] The British monarch remained head of state, and Ghana shared its Sovereign with the other Commonwealth realms. The monarch's constitutional roles were mostly delegated to the Governor-General of Ghana. The following governors-general held office:

  1. Charles Noble Arden-Clarke (6 March – 24 June 1957)
  2. William Francis Hare, 5th Earl of Listowel (24 June 1957 – 1 July 1960)

Kwame Nkrumah held office as prime minister (and head of government). Following the abolition of the monarchy, Nkrumah won a presidential election and became the first President of Ghana.

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  1. "Heads of State of Ghana (1957 – To Date)". Retrieved 2017-01-26.
  2. "Queen Elizabeth II (1952 – )". Retrieved 2017-01-26.