Elizabeth Asantewaa, The Girl Who Presented the Bomb Ridden Flowers To Nkrumah In 1994 Tells Her Story.
Once upon a time, a 13 year old girl Elizabeth Asantewaa sustained severe injuries whiles she was presenting a bouquet of flowers to Ghana’s first President, Dr Kwame Nkrumah at an Independence Day celebration in 6th March 1964.
God being so God, little Elizabeth Asnatewaa who didn’t know the was bomb planted in the ridden flower survived the blast even though the injuries she sustained was severe one. Her leg was amputated to prevent the prevent the spread of the impact of the bomb explosion so she could survive.
According to several reports, the bomb that made little Elizabeth Asantewaa lose one of her legs was actually targeted at President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
Over 5 decades now, Elizabeth Asantewaa has been neglected with no help from subsequent Government. According to Elizabeth who is all grown now, Dr Kwame Nkrumah visited her while she was hospitalised after the incident and promised to take care of her but could not deliver on his promise after he was overthrown in 1966.
“I was at the hospital and in real pain when I was told that the President was there to visit me. I couldn’t believe it, but it was true; I saw him by my bedside and in our conversation, he started crying and I saw tears in his eyes.
‘He promised to help me since I was only a victim of an attack on him. He sponsored my treatment in London, but after his demise, I haven’t really received any help from subsequent governments”
Elizabeth Asantewaa is indeed suffering as the amputated leg and the other one supporting one is decaying. She usually walks with crutches and her situation doesn’t seem to get better due to lack of medical care.
Watch the video below as she speaks more about her issues.