Ahmed Sékou Touré : the dignity fighter

President Ahmed Sekou Toure of the Republic of GUINEA arrives for a visit to Washington D.C. Photo : U.S. Federal Government

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NEWSROOM (ADV) – Ahmed Sékou Touré was born in Faranah (Eastern Guinea) into a modest Muslim family. Touré attended a French technical school in Conakry but was expelled after a year, in 1936, for having protested against the poor quality of the food given to the students.

In 1940 he was hired as an office worker and then, in the following year, held an administrative position in the postal service.

He began to show great interest in the Labor movement and became General Secretary of the Union of Workers of the PT which he created. He participated in the founding of the Federation of Workers’ Unions of Guinea, affiliated to the World Federation of Trade Unions, and later became vice-president.

Sékou Touré takes an active part in political affairs after the founding of Félix Houphouët-Boigny of the Rassemblement démocratique africaine (RDA). In 1951, he took the leadership of the Democratic Party of Guinea (DPG), the territorial section of the DPR, and in 1953 organized a general strike of the workers of Lower Guinea which forced, for the first time in African history, French administration to give way.

Sekou Toure died on March 26, 1984.

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