Nation Builders

When Ghana became independent in 1957, its new leader Nkrumah was a national hero. But nine years later, he was deposed in a coup, to the jubilation of his people. What mark has he left on the country?

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0101Kwame Nkrumah20010723

Series in which Charles Wheeler explores the lives of four remarkable people who founded their nations.When Ghana became independent in 1957, its new leader Nkrumah was a national hero. But nine years later, he was deposed in a coup, to the jubilation of his people. What mark has he left on the country?

0102Kemal Ataturk20010730

Series in which Charles Wheeler explores the lives of four remarkable people who founded their nations. He finds out how Kemal Ataturk transformed the faded remains of the Ottoman Empire into the world's only modern secular Muslim state.

0102Mustafa Kemal Ataturk20010730
0103Tomas Masaryk20010806

Series in which Charles Wheeler explores the lives of four remarkable people who founded their nations. He asks how realistic was Tomas Masaryk's vision of a free, united nation of Czechs and Slovaks.

0104Uncle Ho20010813

Series in which Charles Wheeler explores the lives of four remarkable people who founded their nations.

He tries to fathom the enigmatic `Uncle Ho', a life-long Leninist who was prepared to spy for the Americans, an otherworldly, monkish figure who masterminded a stunningly successful guerrilla war.

010520010820

In the final part of his series about four founders of nations, Charles Wheeler chairs a panel discussion. What kind of person does it take to build a nation, and can you create a nation that doesn't want to be built?