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Dr. Alex Quaison-Sackey: First African President of the General Assembly of the United Nations

Dr. Alex Quaison-Sackey (August 9, 1924– December 28, 1992) was a Ghanaian diplomat during the presidency of Kwame Nkrumah and the first diplomat from a Black African nation to serve as President of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Quaison-Sackey received his early education in Ghana at Mfantsipim, and then went to England for education at Exeter College, Oxford University and the London School of Economics. He served as Ghana’s first ambassador to the United Nations from 1959 to 1965. He served as President of the United Nations General Assembly from 1964 to 1965, becoming the first African to hold that position. During that time, Quaison-Sackey was also Ghana’s ambassador to Cuba from 1961 to 1965 and ambassador to Mexico from 1962 to 1964. In 1965, he became foreign minister of Ghana, but served in that position for only a few months, as he was dismissed when President Nkrumah was overthrown in February 1966. Quaison-Sackey later wrote a memoir called Africa Unbound.

Quaison-Sackey died at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra following a pulmonary embolism on 28 December 1992.

Source: http://aqsackey.wordpress.com/2009/06/02/beginning/

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